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Did Sidney Blumenthal Start 'Birtherism' Three Years Before Trump?

CNN's Jake Tapper grills VP candidate Tim Kaine on whether or not claims that President Obama was born outside the United States started within the Clinton campaign during the 2008 democratic primary.

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JAKE TAPPER: "If it's true, if there is evidence that Sidney Blumenthal did push the birther lie, should Hillary Clinton disassociate herself from Blumenthal and should she pledge he will not work in her administration?" 

TIM KAINE: "I have no reason to believe that's true, Jake. But again, Sidney Blumenthal isn't running for president, Donald Trump is. And whatever Sidney Blumenthal thought in 2008, by 2011 it was absolutely crystal clear that President Obama was a citizen."

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