Take one billionaire real estate mogul who doesn’t believe President Obama was born in the United States. Add one Texas governor who is still getting his feet wet as a presidential candidate. What do you get? The seeming appearance of another “birther.”

In an interview with Parade Magazine published Sunday, Gov. Rick Perry took the bait when asked if he thought Mr. Obama was born in the US. He said he had “no reason to think otherwise.” But when pressed for a definitive answer, he mentioned having dined recently with Donald Trump and that Mr. Trump doesn’t think the birth certificate Obama released is real.

“I don’t have any idea,” Governor Perry said. “It doesn’t matter. He’s the president of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.”