But that wasn't even the begining of Stark's mischaracterization of Price. The Congressman was filmed in two different screens, first jogging with Stark along a sidewalk, and then up the Capitol steps by himself. However, the first jogging scene along the sidewalk wasn't actually Price.
"Yes, that is him running," said John Foster, a spokesman for Rep. Walt Minnick, confirming that his boss was the one misrepresented as Price. Minnick is a junior Democrat from Idaho, and was jogging to catch a vote as a member of the financial services committee. He apparently wasn't even asked by Stark as to his feelings on Obama's origin of birth.
"In case anyone's curious, Walt absolutely believes the President is a natural born citizen," said Foster. "It's unfortunate that he was included in that montage."
In the video, Rep. Aaron Schock, (R-Il.) responded to Stark's queries about Obama's citizenship with the following: "That's a question he needs to answer, not me...He said he was, so I believe he was."
Dave Natonski, Schock's spokesman, said the Congressman’s views were much more definitive.
"Congressman Schock believes President Obama was born in the United States," he said.
Yet Progress Illinois' headline was critical: "Schock In The Birther Brigade?"
Other bloggers had similarly critical takes.
"The video makes clear that the Republican Party is captive to their conspiracy theory-mongering base all the way up to the top," said blogger Jane Hamsher, who posted Stark's video on her site Firedoglake.com.
"I'm tempted to say that this is the sort of issue that creates a lot of noise, but actually doesn't have much of a following. But measuring it against the contraction in GOP party ID, you can't really be sure," said Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Atlantic.
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