Nov 8, 2013 12:57 AM by Kirsten Boyd

Colorado Springs lawmaker responds to "birther" conspiracy

State Senator Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, is under fire after statements he made led some to believe he questioned the president's citizenship.

Hill is planning to run for U.S Senate in 2014, challenging Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado. During a Denver County GOP breakfast last week, Hill shared a story during his time working for a Christian charity in Kenya.

Hill said, "you spend time out there and little kids are running around barefoot in these kinds of streets and you ask them what they want to be, they want to be an astronaut, they want to be a physicist, a marine biologist, one kid even told me he wanted to be President of the United States. I held back my snarky comment that said 'Well, you know what, we already have someone from Kenya as President of the United States.'"

The audio was leaked to Buzzfeed. Hill called the released recording "sleazy" and his campaign spokesman said Hill does not believe in the "birther" conspiracy.

In a statement, Hill wrote, "the fact that my obvious joke is being highlighted today just shows how worried Mark Udall and the Democrats actually are of my campaign for the U.S. Senate here in Colorado."


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