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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks off of his campaign plane past Donald Trump's plane after landing at McCarran International Airport on May 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Donald Trump is known for, among other things, his ability to cultivate great amounts of wealth, but is aligning yourself with his wealthy connections worth associating with the conspiracy theory that President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.? Today Trump raised the issue yet again, prompting pundits to call for Romney to publically disassociate himself from Trump. During President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he publicly condemned the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. after controversial remarks, and Obama is now distancing himself from the polarizing comedian Bill Maher, despite Maher’s large financial contribution to the Obama campaign.
Should Romney do the same? Why isn’t Romney denouncing Trump’s seemingly illegitimate claims that Obama is not American-born? Does Romney really need Trump’s star-powered financial support? Why is Trump renewing his concerns about Obama now, so close to the presidential election?
Arnold Steinberg, political strategist and analyst, a libertarian-conservative long associated with Republican campaigns
Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist and adjunct professor, Communications, USC