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Romney to home crowd: No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke to a crowd in Commerce Township on Friday. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke to a crowd in Commerce Township on Friday.
Rep. Paul Ryan (left), Ann Romney (middle) and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (right) appear at a rally in Commerce Township, Mich. Friday. Rep. Paul Ryan (left), Ann Romney (middle) and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (right) appear at a rally in Commerce Township, Mich. Friday.
A look from above Friday morning. A look from above Friday morning.

By AMY LANGE
MyFox Detroit Reporter

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (MyFox Detroit)
-- An estimated 6,000 people were at a farm in Commerce Township Friday to show their support for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

They took the stage to cheers and applause.  Congressman Ryan introduced Governor Romney and his wife, Ann.

Reminiscing about their time in Michigan, Romney said it brought a tear to his eye.  Ann Romney actually chocked up.

"It's amazing that people in Michigan have not forgotten the promise of America," she said.

However, it was the native son's step into the birther debate that's plagued President Obama that has everybody talking.

"I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, were both of us were born.  Ann was born at Henry Ford Hospital.  I was born at Harper Hospital.  No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate.  They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

It's a comment Democrats pounced on.

"Very disappointed that Mitt Romney's now become a birther.  Another step to the extreme right wing of the party," said Mark Brewer, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party.  "That should be well beneath any presidential candidate."

Romney avoided any talk of the rape controversy that found him calling on Republican Congressman Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri race for Senate earlier in the week.  Some wondered if the controversy would hurt their chances with women voters.

"I think that our team is still on track and they do support women," said Romney supporter Dianne Watson.

However, Democrats say the governor should have addressed the controversy and denounced his colleague's views.

"Women should listen to that and understand that one of their own believes that, promotes it, being incorporated into their platform.  Women should head for the hills," said state Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton.

Instead, it appeared they ran for the farm.  A large number of women were at the Romney-Ryan rally where, as protesters gathered outside, the Republican team asked for Michigan's vote.

"If Michigan does that, he and I will be the next president and vice president of the United States, and America will stay strong and prosperous and free and the hope of the earth," Romney told the crowd.

Click on the second video in the player above to watch Romney's entire speech.

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