House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Wednesday that he was surprised that the White House released President Obama’s birth certificate, making it an issue when there are so many other issues to be solved.

“I have criticized members from my own party for making this some sort of issue and so I’m really surprised that the White House is actually doing the same,’’ Cantor said on FOX News Channel’s America’s Newsroom. “We’ve got a lot of things swirling right now — we’ve got gas prices over $4 dollars a gallon, you’ve got over 14 trillion dollars in debt in this country were trying to deal with. You’ve got unemployment that still stuck up around nine percent, how in the world is this now the issue we ought to be focusing on. And again, if the White House press secretary says that this is a sideshow, why aren’t we treating it as such and dealing with the bigger issues. . .This is an issue that does not belong in the debate.”

The White House released the long-form version of Obama’s birth certificate, which showed that he was born in Hono­lulu, Hawaii. Obama expressed surprise in a news conference Wednesday that some people continue to believe he is not a U.S. citizen, a rumor he said has been fueled by “side shows and carnival barkers.”

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