Hot Air has the evidence. In her first statement she said the public is “rightfully” making it an issue and that it is “fair game”:
Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?
I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue ’cause I think there are enough members of the electorate who still want answers.
Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?
I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past associations and past voting record — all of that is fair game. You know, I’ve got to tell you, too: I think our campaign, the McCain/Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area. We didn’t call out Obama and some of his associates on their records and what their beliefs were and perhaps what their future plans were. And I don’t think that that was fair to voters to not have done our jobs as candidates and as a campaign to bring to light a lot of the things that now we’re seeing made manifest in the administration.
I mean, truly, if your past is fair game and your kids are fair game, certainly Obama’s past should be. I mean, we want to treat men and women equally, right?
Hey, you know, that’s a great point, in that weird conspiracy-theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son. And a lot of people say, “Well you need to produce his birth certificate! You need to prove that he’s your kid!” Which we have done. But yeah, so maybe we could reverse that and use the same [unintelligible]-type thinking on them.
And now comes the inevitable Facebook clarification:
Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask… which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.
She doesn’t take back her statements that the public is “rightfully” making it an issue, or that the birth certificate issue is “fair game.”
And don’t try to tell me that she is only saying “it’s fair game for Obama if Trig’s birth certificate is fair game for me.” She takes that lifeline when it’s offered, sure. But she was calling it “fair game,” and an issue “rightfully” raised, before the lifeline was even thrown.
Does this bother anyone?
P.S. And is it any different from SEK’s statement, in which he said something rather indefensible and later “clarified” it without retracting it? If Words Mean Things, does that apply to Sarah Palin as well?