After facing much blowback from his party, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has fully backed off from the birther talk, taking the advice of party bigwigs and declaring what everyone already knew. Obama is a citizen, Perry said today in an interview with a Florida television station.

Perry said that he was just having a some fun with Donald Trump, but makes this challenge:

“Let’s lay out our income taxes, let’s lay out our college transcripts, mines been on the front page of the paper,” he says. “If we’re going to lay out all these things, let’s lay them out.”

It’s unclear whether Perry is talking about Obama, who laid out his tax returns in April or Mitt Romney, who has been under pressure to release his tax returns.

(h/t Post political reporter Philip Rucker)

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