Cuccinelli backs off birther statements

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) issued a statement this afternoon clarifying remarks he made describing how to legally challenge President Obama's citizenship.

This morning, audio surfaced of Cuccinelli telling a supporter how to successfully take Obama to court on the issue, but Cuccinelli now says he's confident Obama is a citizen.

"I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in the United States," he said in a statement.  I don't buy into the claims that he wasn't. On the recording, I was asked a hypothetical legal question, and I gave a hypothetical legal answer in response...As I said previously, this issue was not a part of my campaign, and it is not part of what I am doing now as attorney general."

The Virginia Republican had been quoted telling a supporter how to successfully challenge Obama's legitimacy to be president.

"It will get tested in my view when someone--when [Obama] signs a law, and someone is convicted of violating it and one of their defenses will be it is not a law because someone qualified to be President didn’t sign it," Cuccinelli said.

He even suggested it was "not beyond the realm of possibility" that someone could provide proof that Obama was born in Kenya.