Jeff Flake to birthers: Get real

Republican Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake believes that birthers should “accept the reality” and acknowledge the fact that President Obama was born in the US.

“Barack Obama is a citizen of the country,” Flake said in an interview with CNN on Thursday. “We ought to get off this kick. And there are plenty of differences we have with the president between Republicans and Democrats than to spend time on something like this.”

When asked about a recent poll that showed a majority of Republican primary voters believe President Obama was born outside the country, Flake said he didn’t trust the results.

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“Well, I have a hard time believing that poll,” Flake said. “I think that most people understand and accept the reality. The reality is that, yes, he was born in the United States.”

Flake is currently running for the Arizona Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jon Kyl next year.