A Georgia bill requiring birth certificates for presidential candidates might soon be passed in the southern state. Headed by Rep. Mark Hatfield, the legislation would bring the number of states with this kind of law on the books up to 11. Get the full story with photos and video below!
Even while fringe candidates such as Sarah Palin distance themselves from the seemingly ludicrous accusation that President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, some states press on in passing legislation that would force future presidential candidates to produce a stringent list of documentation. Even 2008 hopeful Mike Huckabee flip-flopped to the Birther movement this past week.
Despite Hawaii confirming his citizenship, courts throwing out cases challenging Obama, and the President even providing a live-birth form, “Birthers” have proven insatiable in their quest to discredit the President’s qualifications to serve in the Oval office.
“Most people feel it’s an issue to a significant enough portion of our population that it needs to be addressed by the state,” Hatfield said. “It is, in a sense, a response to … the sitting president and his inability or unwillingness to release his original birth certificate.”
But, aside from the recent pandering by Mike Huckabee, it’s clear that some leaders in both parties view the Georgia bill requiring birth certificates for presidential candidates as tactless and detrimental to the Republican party.
“It is unfortunate that some people continue to fight the Civil War,” said Senate Minority Leader Brown. “We should learn from history that this kind of behavior is bad for business. It’s bad for the image of the state and at the end of the day, it doesn’t accomplish anything.”
If passed, the Presidential Eligibility Assurance Act would require each presidential candidate to submit a long-form certificate of birth, a sworn statement confirming that the candidate has never been a citizen of another country, and some sort of confirmation of U.S. residency for the past 14 years.
Most agree that court-admissible proof of birth will undoubtedly be enough to satisfy most Americans. In the end, Republican candidates supporting such legislation may only damage themselves and their party. Like conservative Sarah Palin says, “It’s distracting. It gets annoying and let’s just stick with what really matters.”
What do you think of the Georgia bill? Birth certificates are officially held by the state where a person is born, and only certified copies are given out to a person on request. So even if Obama did distribute a certified copy of his long-form document, it’s possible “Birthers” would call it a fake anyway. Do you think state legislatures should be spending time on this issue? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section after you check out pictures and video on the story below!
Photos: www.wenn.com/HRC, Tina Paul, Carrie Devorah, News Pictures