Chris Matthews, the anchor of MSNBC’s “Hardball” program, is now calling for Barack Obama to release his original, long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate to put to rest any doubts about the president’s constitutional eligibility to hold office.

On last night’s edition of his show, Matthews stated: “I am not a birther. I am an enemy of the birthers.”

But he continued with the questions, “Why doesn’t the president just say, ‘Send me a copy right now?’ Why doesn’t Gibbs and Axelrod say, ‘Let’s just get this crappy story dead?’ Why not do it? … If it exists, why not put it out?”

Matthews was joined by Clarance Page of the Chicago Tribune and David Corn of Mother Jones, who both agreed with the call for Obama to publicly release the document, which to this point has remained under wraps.

Newly elected Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has recently said he’d like more information to be made public to demonstrate that Obama was born in the Aloha State, despite polls showing a large percentage of Americans having their doubts.

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