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Politico's Roger Simon: Perry Being Racist Helps Him In A GOP Primary

"Can I say one thing about the birther issue? It's not a fun issue to poke somebody on. It is more than a little bit racist. It grew -- not everyone who believes it is a racist, but it grew out of the belief that a black man could not be legitimately elected to the President of the United States. Now why would Perry use that in the primaries instead of saving it for the general when he's running against President Obama? Well, it's because being extreme perhaps and, a little bit racist perhaps, gives you good bonafides in a Republican primary. It shows them you're on the same side as they are," Politico's Roger Simon said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

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