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Buck: Tea Partiers questioning Obama's citizenship 'dumbasses'

KUSA - U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck refers to members of the Tea Party who question the President's citizenship as "dumbasses" in an audio recording obtained by 9NEWS and The Denver Post.

Democratic Worker: Is this going to be held inside?

Buck: You said you can't talk when you're on camera? What do you mean?

Democratic Worker: I just don't answer your questions.

Buck: Ok

Democratic Worker: Is this going to be going on inside?

Buck: Will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I'm on the camera? God, what am I supposed to do?" The topic of Obama's citizenship has remained top of mind for many Tea Party activists. When asked on YOUR SHOW last Thursday whether he would pursue a vote to require the President to provide a birth certificate and not a certificate of birth, both Buck and Norton said no. "I know now how much scrutiny is involved in running for office at the Senate level," he said. "I can't imagine what a Presidential candidate goes through. Barack Obama ran against Hillary Clinton. There must have been a ton of scrutiny and if this was an issue, it would have been brought up at that time." After questions came up, Obama posted a copy of his official Hawaiian certificate of birth on his website. Hawaiian officials have authenticated the documents as being legal and have consistently said there's no information to declare the president is not a United States citizen. Buck said on Sunday there have been people taping everything he said for the last 16 months and that he wants people to judge him through that context. "You know there are times of frustration where I vent and in this case, I vented to the wrong person under the wrong circumstances," he said. This comes as Colorado voters have begun receiving their ballots for the Aug. 10 primary. Political analysts say it's a tough time for a story like this to air. "Whether or not it will hurt his campaign depends on how many people have already mailed in their ballots," said Katy Atkinson, a Denver-based Republican consultant. "It would have been more painful, had it happened a week ago, but it will hurt." To listen to the entire audio recording, including the 25-second interaction between Buck and the Democratic Party worker, click on the attached video link./>

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