Huntsman: 'The President Was Born in the U.S.'
GOP candidate comments on Thursday's birther remark by Mitt Romney's son.
Jon Huntsman made one thing abundantly clear after a campaign stop in Portsmouth on Friday – he has no doubt that Barack Obama was born in America.
"The president was born in the United States – end of conversation," Huntsman said. He was responding to a question about a comment Mitt Romney's son, Matt, made during an appearance in Concord on Thursday.
Asked when his father will release his tax returns, Matt Romney said, "I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate... then maybe he'll do it."
Huntsman was also asked Friday if he's willing to release his tax returns. He responded that he believes that information is already out there.
"I think my tax return is pretty much public," he said. "They were while I served in public office and while I served overseas. I'll have to check up on that and I'll get back to you on that."
Huntsman was in Portsmouth as part of a 14-day tour of New Hampshire leading up to the Jan. 10 primary. He held an employee town hall at Bid2Win, a Bow Street business that specializes in software for the construction industry. Two of his daughters, Abby and Mary Anne, were with him.
He spoke to about 30 employees, and gave his now familiar "twin deficits" speech, touching on the economic deficit and the trust deficit the country is facing.
Huntsman also spoke on foreign policy, answering a question from a Bid2Win employee about what he would do if Iran tries to close the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for oil.
"I think we ought to treat it as it legitimately would be, as an act of war, if it ever came to a blockade of the Strait of Hormuz," he said. "I'm skeptical that would ever happen, but if it did, I think there should be no ambiguity in our response."