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about this question of what is next. the birther issue is what it is. what's next for hillary clinton in order to continue what she has seen over the last month, she's ahead in the battleground states. what is key for her to maintain that? >> well, i really don't know what happens next. i've been saying for months that as soon as donald trump stops making the ridiculously outrageous statements and he will rise in the polls and that's what we have seen in the past three weeks, kindler and donald trump is rising even in battleground states. how hillary clinton responds to that and how donald trump responds in birther -- jenna: what do you think is next, what do you think is issue at this point? >> the issues remain to be known and to be seen. one thing is for sure, both of the candidates are on tightly controlled leashes by the staff. we are sitting here towards the end of september and both candidates are no longer show showing what they are used to. they acted like they're above the law, both of them for many months and they are now doing whatever it takes to look more presidential.
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birther issue, not true, said he finished it, not true. now he says that president obama was born in the united states of america. your reaction? >> i think it's a sad day for america, not just for african-americans, that donald trump spent more time promoting his hotel than talking about this issue that's important to all of us. i think it's time for honesty. it's time for donald trump, i mean, i have been saying it, i know others have said it, especially senator rubio, it's like a con. he conned the media today to talk about an issue that's important to all of us that he has clearly led before and lied, and before our very eyes, promote his hotel, then bring his heroes, they are indeed american heroes, he had a gold star family member there, those are heroes and they are what makes our country great. they can choose who they want. but let's not play this game of conning the american people. it is insulting what he just did. and he's done it time and time and time again. which tries to divide us as a nation. we are stronger together as a people. this african-american museum opens up nex
charge on the birther front for many years and it was part of how he captured the imagination of some activists. he's trying to move forward, i guess, in a general election. >> bob, let's be clear. this is what launched him into national politics. it was this topic that day at the white house correspondents dinner. seth myers and president obama in effect taking turns criticizing donald trump on this topic as his face turned beet red. this propelled him publicly over the course of the last several years. so did he accomplish today what he needs to do to end it? the hope is before the first debate in the eyes of his aides or is he now, unfortunately, going to have to answer hr
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