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Trump hammers away at Obama's citizenship issue

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Real estate tycoon Donald Trump says he hopes questions surrounding Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship won't be the defining issue if he's chosen as the Republican candidate to challenge the president's re-election.

Trump tells MSNBC he plans to decide by June whether to run. He says that if he's nominated, "I'd like to beat him straight up," not on the basis of the birth issue.

Trump says he didn't introduce the issue, but was asked about it during an interview a month ago. Since then, he says he's looked into it and believes "there is a big possibility" Obama may have violated the Constitution.

Officials in Hawaii have certified that Obama was born in that state. But "birthers" have demanded additional proof, asserting he could have been born in Kenya.

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