'Birther Bill' Gets Nod in Arizona House
Bill requires Obama to show birth certificate to be on 2012 ballot
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 21, 2010 7:50 AM CDT
Updated Apr 21, 2010 7:59 AM CDT
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Thursday, April 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The Arizona House has given its initial blessing to a bill that would require Barack Obama to show his birth certificate before he can be put on the ballot in 2012, the Arizona Republic reports. The House voted 31 to 22 to add the so-called “birther bill” as an amendment to an unrelated Senate bill. Similar laws have also been proposed in Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri.

House Democrats fruitlessly pointed out that presidential candidates already have to prove their citizenship before they can run for office. One rep called the bill “frivolous” saying it would make Arizona “the laughing stock of the nation.” The proposal's sponsor declined to comment; another Republican told the AP he believed Obama was a citizen, but supported the bill because it would help end any doubt.

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DontLikeYou___
Apr 27, 2010 6:58 PM CDT
End this Mr. Obama. Show the original, valid birth certificate with the Doctor's signature and this will all go away. (Why will he "not" do this??)
livingincolorado
Apr 25, 2010 6:49 PM CDT
Well ... think about your statement ... "How, then, is it a big deal that a presidential candidate should be made to present their birth certificate? How is it not STANDARD PROCEDURE?" The fact of the matter is that it is STANDARD PROCEDURE. When someone files to run for the Presidency, they must provide proof. So the quesation back to you is, if people running for President, provide the proper proof and documentation that is required of them, and as a result are certified as a candidate, why then should they continue to be asked to provide proof, and/or why should states usurp the jurisdiction of the federal agency required to vett presidential candidates?
DontLikeYou___
Apr 22, 2010 3:26 PM CDT
Just show the birth certificate with the doctor's signature and the issue will go away. Why will Obama not do so??