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AP FACT CHECK: No clear evidence that Clinton aided birthers

WASHINGTON (AP) — When GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump doubled down Wednesday on his previous claim that rival Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton played a key role in sparking “birther” critics who insist President Barack Obama is not a native-born American, his charge was based on little more than a vague Clinton comment from 2008 and old political rumors.”Just remember,” Trump tweeted the night before his speech Wednesday, “the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008. She was all in!” In June, Trump’s GOP rival Ted Cruz also blamed Clinton’s 2008 campaign for starting the birther movement, which rallied around the dubious allegation that Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii, despite a legal Hawaiian birth certificate that proved otherwise.The charges that Clinton may have played a role in the birther movement may be conflating a vague 2008 comment she made during a television interview about Obama’s faith, as well as political rumors during the 2

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