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Arizona Senate to mull ‘birther’ bill

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking about immigration reform, Thursday,July 1, 2010, at American University in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The Arizona Senate is scheduled to take a preliminary vote Tuesday on a proposed requirement that President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates show their eligibility to run for the office by proving their citizenship.

The bill would require political parties to provide the candidate’s birth certificate and a statement saying where the candidate has lived for the last 14 years.

If these requirements aren’t followed, the candidate’s name won’t appear on the ballot.

So-called “birthers” have argued since the last presidential election that Obama is ineligible for the nation’s highest elected office because he was actually born in Kenya, his father’s homeland.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and his Hawaiian birth certificates have been made public.

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5 comments

  1. What’s the big deal about showing the Birth Certificate anyways? Most Americans Proudly say I am an American, and are Proud of their Parents…. Unless they are in Foreign Lands. George Washington’s Birth Certificate is on display at the Library of Congress and so are many others.

    Look how these Proud Americans show their Hawaiian Certificate of Live Birth born just 1 after, on Aug 5, 1961. He should show it and do it Proudly… as an American!

    http://constitutionallyspeaking.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/m1139416728.gif?w=800&h=515

  2. I am astounded that the City are wasting our money and time on this issue.
    It is born of hatred and racism…. our representatives are taking us back to the dark ages to even consider this issue!? Mark my words, we will become just like the states south of our borders allowing this ugliness. Shame on them, and us, for making these people our representatives.

  3. Until this Obama thing, I had always thought it WAS a law to prove identity. I’m not anti-Obama, but it’s in the Constitution that the prez has to be a natural born citizen. If I have to show 2 forms of ID to get a job washing dishes or digging ditches, why should the guy who’s gonna have his finger on “the button” have a problem with forking over his birth certificate? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  4. Seriously? Can’t you folks read? He has shown his certificate. But then it’s just a fake. How many times should he show it? Is this the test of how many times? Who can show it the most? How many times did we ask McCain to show his birth certificate actually proving he was not born in the US but in Panama? Once? Twice? When are people going to grow up is the best question not “what’s the big deal with showing….bla bla bla! It’s deplorable to waist our tax dollars on “Obamacare” but this waste….that’s ok! We can create as much bureaucracy as possible and officials whose salaries are paid by MY tax dollars can spend endless time on these worthless issues that will lead to nothing more than making Arizona look even more like a bunch of inbreeds! Way to add to problems with the “what’s the big deal”? There is not one politician or person that voted for these politicians in the State of Arizona worthy of calling him or herself a conservative in the birth state of Barry Goldwater!

  5. 1. It is the Secretary of State’s job to verify that a candidate is eligible to run. This did not happen, obviously. All that was required in Obama’s case was to promise he is eligible under penalty of perjury. The Secretary of State should demand to see the original docs for that election and have anything submitted thoroughly proven.

    If he cannot prove citizenship the second time around, then he therefore could not prove it the first time around and is guilty of perjury. All actions in his first term would be null and void. Justices that were hand picked would be thrown off the bench. All decisions by that court would have to be revisited. All legislation signed into law would be nullified. Further, other questions could be raised with what to do with him aside from perjury. Remember, he would be a foreign national (Indonesian or Kenyan) who infiltrated the government.

    2. The amendment(s) by Antenori circumvent the bill by putting allowances for proving the eligibility by using documents that do not document the constitutional requirement. e.g. A baptism can happen anywhere, anytime, and has nothing to do with birth or citizenship. Same with the other decoys except the statement by a doctor and midwife as long as the doc has the required information on it.

    3. Anything submitted by a campaign that is suspect, as the Obama campaign surely is, should be throughly proven as the constituents in this state have a right to vote for a constitutionally eligible candidate.

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