Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "birther" probe is such an important issue for the nation that he would not like to see the two men running for President of the United States talk about it in front of the country.
We're not sure why this thought ever popped into the head of U.S.News & World Report reporter Steven Nelson, but we're glad it did.
"Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he does not feel it is appropriate to advise Mr. Romney on what questions to pose to the president during this important debate," said spokesman Lisa Allen. Asked if Arpaio would like moderators to inquire about the birth certificate, Allen merely responded, "No."
We sent an e-mail to Allen, Arpaio's chief flack, asking for the reasoning behind this, and we can only presume that e-mail will be tossed straight in the e-garbage within seconds of it being opened.
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Arpaio has said multiple times that he believes there is "probable cause" that President Obama's birth certificate is a forgery. However, despite the fact that the "investigation" has been going on for more than a year, there has not been a single piece of evidence presented that contributes to that theory, and it's apparent that Arpaio's investigators knowingly presented false information.
The investigation has gotten so serious that Arpaio's "birther" chief Michael Zullo said he was recently questioned by a police officer about his pursuit of a 95-year-old woman in a Honolulu nursing home.
Still, it seems to have no place in a debate over who should become the next president.