Arizona House passes provision for 'birther' Bill

Arizona House passes provision for 'birther' Bill
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 11:15am

UPDATED: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 1:23pm

PHOENIX - The Arizona House on Monday voted for a provision that would require President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate if he hopes to be on the state's ballot when he runs for re-election.

The House voted 31-22 to add the provision to a separate bill. The measure still faces a formal vote. It would require U.S. presidential candidates who want to appear on the ballot in Arizona to submit documents proving they meet the constitutional requirements to be president.

Phoenix Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema says the bill is one of several measures that are making Arizona "the laughing stock of the nation."

Mesa Republican Rep. Cecil Ash says he has no reason to doubt Obama's citizenship but supports the measure because it could help end doubt.

The Arizona Republic reports that certain state officials appear resistant to such legislation, however:

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett also expressed concern about Burges' amendment, saying that creating state-level eligibility requirements to run for federal office could violate the U.S. Constitution.

"While everyone has an interest in ensuring that only eligible citizens run for president, there are obvious issues with states implementing what could become a patchwork of different tests for a presidential candidate to prove his/her citizenship," said Bennett's spokesman, Matthew Benson, in an e-mail.

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Arizona lawmakers put forward a "birther" bill, which eventually was stillborn. Presidential candidates would have had to present a birth certificate to be on the Arizona ballot. Backers conceded that state legislators would have been exempted. "Because we are not the product of live birth; we're spawned from pods. Ain't no certificate for that," said one, grooming his antennae.

Did the President supply a birth certificate to see if he was eligible for President?

Americans have to supply birth certificates for jobs, Social Security, enrollment in schools etc. Why should the President of the United States be exempt from this requirement? He should lead by example.

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