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May 30th, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi dismisses 'ridiculous' Trump, shifts focus to real issues

Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee yesterday after his Texas primary win helped him reach the magic number of 1,144 delegates. You would think that Romney clinching would be the top political story of the day, but instead, a Romney surrogate and fundraiser is making headlines of his own.

Businessman and entertainment figure Donald Trump is in the news yet again for claiming that President Obama was not born in the U.S. Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi stopped by today's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" to discuss how Trump stumping for Romney many or may not affect the campaign.

"Donald Trump is only saying loudly what a lot of Republicans have been dog whistling for months…it's ridiculous and it has to stop," Pelosi said.

"I'm glad Governor Sununu [refuted Donald Trump earlier on Starting Point] but I'd also like to hear that from Governor Romney."

Pelosi noted that it is important that people focus on real issues such as jobs, the economy and the empowerment of working families, but got into a debate with panelist Margaret Hoover as to whether or not President Obama is a job creator.

"No doubt, we need to do better," Pelosi said, but noted that President Obama has indeed improved upon his predecessor.

Pelosi is the daughter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who during her time as Speaker of the House, was the highest ranking woman in the history of the United States. She is the author of two politically-themed books and writes frequently for The Huffington Post.

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Filed under: 2012 Race • Birthers • Politics
May 30th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Fmr. Gov. John Sununu: Donald Trump is wrong, and we should be talking about the jobs problem in the U.S.

In a heated exchange with "Starting Point" anchor Soledad O'Brien, fmr. New Hampshire Governor John Sununu lamented the ongoing coverage of the 'birther' issue and emphatically stated that "Donald Trump is wrong" on the issue of where President Obama was born.

"Why is CNN so fixated on this? Why don't we talk about the jobs issue in this country?" Sununu asks Soledad. "Mitt Romney has made it clear - Mitt Romney has made has clear that he believes that President Obama was born in the U.S."

Later in the interview, Soledad presses Sununu to put the controversy to rest by disavowing birther claims.

"How come someone doesn't say, 'Donald Trump is wrong?' We're going to tell Donald Trump he is wrong," Soledad asks.

"Donald Trump is wrong. The president is born in the United States," He says.

Read more from the conversation in the transcript below.

Gov. Sununu also talked about the struggling U.S. economy, and says it all comes down to job creation.



Filed under: 2012 Race • Birthers • Jobs • Politics