AZ GOP to Obama: Let’s See That Gosh Darn Nirth Certifikit
More than three dozen Republican legislators want to require President Obama to produce an original birth certificate for Arizona officials if he intends to seek re-election.
HB 2544 would forbid the secretary of state to put a presidential candidate’s name on the ballot unless certain documents are provided. These include sworn statements outlining where the candidate has lived for the last 14 years, that the candidate does not hold dual citizenship and that the person’s allegiance “is solely to the United States of America.”
But what worries Secretary of State Ken Bennett is that he also would have to be furnished “an original long-form birth certificate that includes the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician and signatures of the witnesses in attendance.” Without that, he said, the measure would bar him from including the candidate’s name on the ballot.
“I don’t know that’s on my birth certificate, for goodness’ sakes” said Bennett, who was born in Tucson.
The legislation crafted by Rep. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, does not mention Obama. And Burges, who first sponsored a slightly different version of the measure that failed last year, said it’s not necessarily about Obama, though she admitted she doubts he was born in Hawaii as he says, or that he can show he is a U.S. citizen.
“With what’s happening throughout the world … we need to make sure that our candidates are certifiable,” she said when she introduced the first measure.