President Obama Could Be Kept Off Arizona Ballot
May 18th, 2012
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Despite claiming he does not believe in the birther conspiracy theory, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has threatened to keep Obama off the stateâs general election ballot if he canât verify the president was born in Hawaii.
âIâm not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaiiâor at least I hope he was,â Bennett told KFYI radio host Mike Broomhead on Thursday. âBut my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure that the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.â
Bennett, who is preparing to run for Arizona governor in 2014, claimed the move is not meant to appease birthers in the state ahead of that election.
Bennett said he has petitioned the state to verify the existence of Obamaâs long-form birth certificate, and that his request has gone unanswered for eight weeks. The White House released Obamaâs long-form birth certificate last year. Still, that doesnât seem to have satisfied the legion of conspiracy theorists who continue to believe the president was born elsewhere.Â âTEB
The Huffington Post:
Bennettâs move is just the latest birther bustle in Arizona, which has been a hotbed for Obama eligibility conspiracy theories over the past few years. Clamor over a bill meant to address the issue was temporarily silenced last year when Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the measure, calling it âa bridge too far.â
Birthers returned with a vengeance this year, however, first emerging with an âinvestigationâ carried out by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had determined that there was reasonable cause to believe that Obamaâs birth certificate was a forgery.
In the subsequent legislative session, a state GOP lawmaker reintroduced her failed birther bill.
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