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Arizona’s flirtation with the “birther movement” has been born again —not that it ever really died out.
Weeks after Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio embraced the widely debunked contention that President Obama was born outside the U.S. and is therefore ineligible to hold office,other elected officials jumped on the bandwagon.
On Wednesday,Republican state Rep. Carl Seel’s “birther bill” passed a Senate committee on a party-line vote,the Arizona Republic reported. The bill,passed 4 to 2,would require candidates for president and vice president to submit affidavits to the Arizona secretary of state vowing that they meet the constitutional requirements to hold office,including being born in the U.S.
Although Republican state Sen. Judy Burges voted for the bill,she complained that it had been watered down,the Republic reported. An earlier version required the secretary of state to certify candidates’citizenship.
Meanwhile,Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett is expected to call for aspiring chief executives to complete a form that asks about their place of birth. “There has been a lot of media attention devoted to this,so we wanted to make sure there is a standardized form,”spokesman Matthew Roberts told the Associated Press.
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