Trump overshadows Romney with 'birther' talk

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By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is colliding with Donald Trump's "birther" rhetoric as the reality TV star hosts a fundraiser for the Republican while claiming again that President Barack Obama is foreign-born.

The debunked conspiracy theory among conservative activists dubbed "birthers" charges that Obama is not constitutionally qualified to serve in the White House.

Romney has said he believes Obama was born in America, but he has not condemned Trump's comments.

Democrats contend it's the latest example of Romney's reluctance to confront the more extreme elements in his party.

Just hours before he was set to host a Romney's fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Trump repeated charges about Obama's place of birth.

The state of Hawaii recently re-affirmed that Obama was born there.

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