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Romney gets cozy with ‘birther’ Donald Trump

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If you had already forgotten Donald Trump’s flamboyant, yet fleeting role in the American presidential race you may get a new chance to see him in action. Republican candidate Mitt Romney will soon be seen campaigning along the self-proclaimed business guru. Whether the divisive Trump, who continues to assert that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, will help or hinder Romney’s bid for the White House remains to be seen.

At least one conservative commentator is unimpressed. Appearing on ABC yesterday, George Will called Trump a “bloviating ignoramus,” and slammed Romney’s judgement for letting him play a prominent role in the campaign:

Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics. Again, I don’t understand the benefit. What is Romney seeking?

Romney’s camp is already on the defensive, anticipating the backlash of campaigning with a birther. From Think Progress:

Romney is holding a fundraiser with Trump next month, and his advisers have defended the event by insisting that “a candidate can’t be responsible for everything that their supporters say.” They insist that the former Massachusetts governor “accepts the fact that [Obama] was born in Hawaii.”

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