The candidate made the comment in response to a question from a constituent at a public campaign stop, and it is being publicized by Heath Haussamen at the NMPolitics website.
Haussamen used the opportunity to warn that Obama is eligible, is president and a candidate that suggests there still could be unanswered questions would “empower those on the extreme, fringe right who may be willing to resort to violence.”
The Haussamen commentary said the comments came at a Sept. 30 meeting in Los Lunas.
A video that was posted on The Huffington Post website reveals a woman asking Pearce for his position on whether Obama is eligible, since an ineligible president would create all sorts of questions about the legitimacy of his actions in office.
Pearce said Obama raised the “most significant questions himself” by talking about his travels to Pakistan as a youth, at a time when travel there by U.S. residents was not easy.
He then tries to focus the discussion on the nation’s economy, noting that a member of Congress can only fight so many battles in a year, and he believes the economy is paramount.
But he also confirmed, according to the video, that should the issue arise formally, “I don’t mind being in the fight. … I don’t have a problem expressing my opinion or expressing a vote.”
The Post noted that Pearce was wrong when he said Obama couldn’t have traveled to Pakistan because of a ban on travel during that time period. But Haussamen wrote, “Obama is a citizen. This is a question that has been asked and answered. Politifact.com is among the news organizations that looked into the situation. It obtained a copy of Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate and verified with the Hawaii Department of Health that the birth certificate is valid.”
Actually, the computer-image “Certification of Live Birth” that was posted online during the Obama campaign during 2008 is a document that under state rules can be granted to those who were not even born in Hawaii, as Obama claims.
And the Hawaii Department of Health never has released an original long-form document that would include standard details about Obama’s birth such as a hospital and a physician – or midwife.
Haussamen warned against candidates making such statements.