Arizona governor vetoes presidential 'birther bill'
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the so-called "birther bill" on Monday.
April 18th, 2011
10:37 PM ET

Arizona governor vetoes presidential 'birther bill'

Arizona's governor has vetoed a bill that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States before their names could be placed on Arizona's ballots.

Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, said she could not "support designating one person as gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate."

Under the measure, if there were any dispute about whether a candidate had proved he or she had been born in the United States, Arizona's secretary of state would have the final say.

The Arizona "birther bill" got final approval by a vote of 40-16 last week in the state House. It now will not become law unless legislators vote to override Brewer's veto.

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  1. mmi16

    Do the Birther's have their own certificates....or a piece of their shell?

    April 19, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Annenberg School of Communications has a fact check sight. Long ago they sought for and saw the original birth certificate with the raised seal. To spend the time and effort on this issue, with so many important other issues, demonstrates what a sad state we're in. Our kids are not doing well in school. The economy is a mess. And right wing loons concentrate on a birth certificate. If I was Obama I wouldn't say a word about it until about a week from the 2012 election and then show it to everyone. Where do the birthers go then? Probably, they have a week or two to come up with some other attack. You know darn well if the President was white, this would not be an issue at all. The Civil War was 150 years ago and the amount of racism in American in 2011 is sad.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Calvin Hobbes

    Interesting point by Jan Brewer. Not only do we need to answer what is official, how does one prove they are who they say they are? A public announcement of a birth would be good. DNA samples to file on permanent from the time of birth would also be good. Incontrovertible proof we should start doing right now so 35 years down the road people don't have the same problem.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • unretired05

      My DNA is degrading as we type.

      April 19, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @Mike...not to mention reverse-discrimination.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Hmm...you forgot to mention Margie Shoedinger. She was a young black girl rayped by this moron who moved to Midland, TX and pretended to be an oil man. (well, until his finacial backer for Arbusto Oil, Salim BinLaden, got killed nysteriously. So he went into baseball, then politics)

    April 19, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Black, white, yellow, brown...no matter the color, he/she answers to US. He works for US and will answer to US one way or another, even if we have to sue under the freedom of information act. We've obtained much more sensitive material than an b/c using this process ya know.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Not that black and white are actually colors. Brown and yellow are though.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    And none of US had a hand in deciding what color we would be born anyway. How can you take pride in something you had nothing to do with? Is it my fault that I was born a certain color?

    April 19, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Walt, even if we were communists, there would still be greedy and lazy people. Communism doesn't cure obesity ya know.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    ...and I think we can multi-task. Doing whatever we can do to get to the truth regarding this b/c issue wouldn't keep us from doing our other jobs at the same time.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    Im so sicka these clowns trying to undermine and devalue the president. And that Marilyn Whats-her-dingleberry who forwarded that mean spirited and hateful e mail should be ashamed of herself, too. Remember when political differences were settled using healthy debates concerning REAL issues??

    April 19, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Arthur

    Bread and circuses for the masses.

    Keep the public focused on stupid birther claims and prevent the masses from noticing the right reasons to be mad at Obama.

    Here's a list:
    -Broke his GITMO promise.
    -Allows the continued eviction of the Chagossian people from their homeland so the military-industrial complex can keep making money.
    -No progress on leaving Iraq.
    -No progress on leaving Afghanistan.
    -Libya
    -Slow, weak support for the protesters in Egypt.
    -Continued War on Drugs.

    I'm sick of these 2 Party Shenanigans.
    Vote Libertarian!

    April 19, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. I'm Ashamed To Live In a Country With So Many Morons And Blind Sheep... Bah Bah

    @Arthur: Libertarians are basically politicians that want to get paid for doing nothing. They want everyone on crystal meth and carrying a gun. They originated in Vegas which is why they have no problems with 15 year old girls strung out on legal smack or coke. Independents yes Libertardians NO!

    April 19, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. I'm Ashamed To Live In a Country With So Many Morons And Blind Sheep... Bah Bah

    @Walt: In communist countries there are still elites. I agree that if everyone were nice, kind, generous people, then there would be no problems with communism, but we live on prisonplanet earth so unfortunately capitalism makes more sense and people are still free to choose what they love best for a career.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Andreas Moser

    What a silly bill.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
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