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Rand Paul questions Donald Trump's GOP credentials

April 28, 2011|By Paul West, Washington Bureau
(Joe Imel / Associated Press )

Reporting from Concord, N.H. — Sen. Rand Paul (R) used the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate to lampoon Donald Trump, the man who took credit for forcing the White House's hand.

Speaking Thursday morning at Merrimack County Republican Committee breakfast funder at Concord Holiday Inn, the Kentucky senator said: "I want to see the original long form certificate, with embossed seal, of Donald Trump's Republican registration."

After laughter subsided, he went on.

"Seriously."

Paul, a "tea party" favorite, mentioned the thousands of dollars that Trump donated to Democrats Harry Reid and Charlie Rangel, and questions whether Trump is really a Republican.

"I'm going to believe it when I see the embossed seal on his Republican registration," he said.

Paul is in the first in the nation primary state to quietly back his father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who is exploring another run for the White House. And, perhaps, lay the groundwork for a future run himself.

Trump was also in the state Wednesday.

Speaking with reporters after his remarks, Paul said he wanted to counter the perception that Trump's rise in the polls was a consequence of  "tea party" activists' support for his "birther" remarks.

paul.west@latimes.com

Michael A. Memoli contributed from Washington.

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