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US Election Updates - October 17, 2012

Senate candidate Tommy Thompson's son apologizes for birther comments

The son of Senate candidate and former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson has apologized for telling Republicans that the November 6 election will give them a chance to send President Barack Obama back to Kenya.

Obama's father was born in Kenya and his mother was from Kansas. The president was born in Hawaii.

"We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago - or Kenya," said Jason Thompson, whose father is running against Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin for a Wisconsin Senate seat.

Wisconsin is also a crucial swing state in next month's presidential election.

The 38-year-old Thompson was secretly filmed making the comments at a brunch on Sunday organized by the local Republican Party.

Attendees were heard launghin and a woman said: "We are taking donations for that Kenya trip."

Tommy Thompson's campaign apologized for the remarks, which appeared on website BuzzFeed Politics.

"The Governor has addressed this with his son, just like any father would do," a spokesperson said in a statement. "Jason Thompson said something he should not have, and he apologizes."

"Governor Thompson was not at the event," Boothe added.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, attended the event and has condemned the remark.

"The comment was out of line and his son rightfully apologized," Priebus said in a statement.

Some conservatives and conspiracy theorists have alleged Obama was born on foreign soil, which would make him ineligible for the presidency.

Last year, Obama released his long-form birth certificate, which shows he was born in Hawaii, in a bid to end what he labelled as "silliness" over the authenticity of his birth certificate and the legitimacy of his presidency.