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Dave Mustaine Reveals 'Birther' Opinions

Megadeth frontman 'knows' president was born outside America

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth performs during Gigantour at the San Jose State Event Center in San Jose, California.
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March 28, 2012 5:25 PM ET

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed his "birther" opinions on a Canadian talk show recently, saying he doubts President Barack Obama was born in the United States and voicing admiration for Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

Mustaine sat down with George Stroumboulopoulos, host of The Hour, and explained that he has "a lot of questions about him [President Obama], but certainly not where he was born. I know he was born somewhere else than America." Stroumboulopoulos then asked him if he was a birther, to which Mustaine demurred, but Stroumboulopoulos pushed the point: "Well, then you’re a birther," he replied to Mustaine's statement.

During the interview, the metal star also asked rhetorically what would be "the point" of questioning Obama's birthplace and continued to endorse former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who is currently vying with Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination. "He could be a really cool president, kinda like a JFK type of guy," he mused. Of Romney, he added, "George Soros came out and said Mitt Romney is just like Obama. So what do you got there? You’ve got Obama's mentor saying that Mitt Romney’s just like him, and he’s leading the polls now."

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