Sen. Rand Paul,. James Crisp/AP
It appears that by becoming the nation's birther-in-chief, Donald Trump may have opened himself to getting a taste of his own medicine. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Thursday he had his own doubts about the New York developer's background.
Jeff Zeleny writes for the New York Times' The Caucus blog that Paul made a partly tongue-in-cheek request of Trump at a Thursday breakfast meeting of the Merrimack County Republican Committee.
"I've come to New Hampshire today because I'm very concerned," Mr. Paul said. "I want to see the original long-form certificate of Donald Trump's Republican registration."
As a bit of laughter erupted in the room, he added: "Seriously, don't you think we need to see that?"
Paul was springboarding off the information that Trump has long contributed to Democratic politicians including, as Zeleny reports that Rand pointed out, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate majority leader who is fairly much detested by the GOP rank and file.
More from Zeleny:
"I'm going to believe it when I see his embossed seal to his Republican registration," said Mr. Paul, a rising figure in the Republican Party who is visiting New Hampshire this week during the Congressional recess. He spoke with a smile, but his words marked one of the first times that a leading Republican has challenged Mr. Trump's ties to the party.
A freshman, Paul is very popular in Tea Party Republican circles and beyond in part because he's the son of the iconic Rep. Ron Paul. As such, he could prove a formidable adversary to Trump who continues to poll at the top of potential Republican candidates.