State Lawmaker Introduces "Birther" Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Michigan legislator has introduced a bill that would require presidential candidates to present their original birth certificates or certified copies to appear on the state's ballot.
The measure introduced Tuesday alludes to persistent claims by some critics that President Barack Obama was born overseas and shouldn't be eligible for office.
Hawaii state records show that Obama was born in there in 1961. Some critics say they still believe Obama was born outside the U.S., and potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has raised questions about Obama's birthplace.
So-called "birther" legislation has been introduced in roughly a dozen states.
Republican Rep. Mike Callton of Nashville says his measure isn't just about Obama. Callton says other presidential candidates have had their citizenship questioned.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    People who established michigan was told it was a waste of time and they were fools. I suppose our leaders are following the lead of our ancestors.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    As far as I am concerned this is done. Hawaii produced Obama''s birth certificate. These birthers are just another bunch of bigots, they don't like having a black president and if you are not just like them then there is something wrong with you. Sounds like what Hitler said, makes you real proud of being an American just like them.
  • by Mary Location: Birmingham, MI on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    We have so many critical issues to deal with---why is some legislator wasting the time of our state legislature introducing a bill that has no merit? This kind of activity is what creates doubt about our legislators.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    The state has the right to ask for those who are running for office to verify that they meet the qualification. Would someone hire a driver without asking if they have the proper CDL? Would someone hire a person to be a nurse if they could not provide proper certification? Would a hospital hire a doctor if he could not provide certification?
  • by Star Wars Fan Location: Michigan on Apr 27, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    "Who's the more foolish: the fool, or those that follow the fool?" ---Obi-wan Kenobi, Star Wars IV We, the people of Michigan, voted these Republicans into power. Sure, they promised to create more jobs and fix the economy. How's that working out for us?
  • by Rob Location: Jackson on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    Must we in Michigan be a dumb as other state we have bigger issues at hand than show our ignorance.
  • by Randy Location: Grand Rapids on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    What a waste of time for this lawmaker to be introducing a "Birther Bill" when there are more important things to do in the State right now. I thought that you promised jobs in the State this time around.
  • by Trina Location: East Lansing on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    And what authority does the state have in this (federal) matter? Don't our legislators have more important things to do?
  • by Jack Location: Dimondale on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:05 AM
    It seems to me that the State has more important things to work on other than a useless"birther" bill. This is just another example of taking our eye off the ball and missing the real issues in our State of Michigan.
  • by Gobsmacked Location: Lansing on Apr 27, 2011 at 03:52 AM
    When will this ridiculous nonsense end?!? This is not what I want my tax dollars wasted on; useless, pointless, neener-neener, boo-boo, I got you kind of BS "legislation". Would you all please maybe work on finding jobs, helping, somehow, to lower our gas prices, keep businesses from leaving our state, even possibly bring in more tourism, basically anything that actually helps and serves the people who voted for you and got you your nice paycheck and lovely benefits??????? I am so tired of this - do something of some substance, that means something, that actually HELPS PEOPLE. Stop wasting all of our time, and way too much of all of our money and just do your stinking job!!!!!!!!!! P.S. To you and Donald Trump (who SO needs to shut his cake hole as well, it's been well proven that President Barack Obama was born in the state of Hawaii in these "great" United States of ours, now please let it go!!!
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