The state Republican Party selected on Saturday its new national committee representatives, state Rep. David Lewis and Ada Fischer.
In his acceptance speech, Lewis stirred the crowd calling the president "a radical socialist. "We're going to send Barack Obama back to Chicago ... or Indonesia or Kenya or wherever he's saying he's from."
Given Donald Trump's birther talk the night before, Lewis later clarified his remarks saying he was not referring to the place of the president's birth but the places where he's lived. "I think the birther stuff is ridiculous," he said. "I'm tired of it."
(The myth that Obama was not born in Hawaii has been repeatedly and thoroughly debunked.)
Fischer also raised eyebrows when she asked delegates to pick her using the "race card."
As an African-American, Fisher said she can help Republicans reach minority voters with a black president on the Democratic ticket. "You need to have somebody who knows how we think," she said.
She also noted the lack of diversity on the national GOP committee. "I don't like to play the race card," she said. But "only two blacks are on the national committee. If we don't include all people they are going to pick us apart in the process."
Fisher defeated Mary Frances Forrester, the widow of state Sen. Jim Forrester, who died earlier this year. Forrester was a primary sponsor of the constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions that voters approved in May.