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Ariz. officials revisit Obama’s birth certificate

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the media in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona officials are jumping back into the debunked controversy over President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and his eligibility to hold office.

A legislative committee on Wednesday endorsed a proposal requiring presidential candidates to swear that they meet the qualifications to hold the nation’s highest office.

And the Arizona secretary of state is expected to call for candidates to complete a new form asking eligibility questions, including whether they are natural-born U.S. citizens.

The controversy over the validity of Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility — started by what critics call the “birther movement” — gained steam in Arizona last year when the Legislature passed a bill requiring presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before their names can appear on the state’s ballot.

The proposal was vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.

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