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. Scottish Mama

    Does anyone believe that maybe this birther question about President Obama was raissed so the senate and congress could pass a law for maturnity citizenship? If they do go into the amendment what will they change? And would it be retro-active to people with parents that are not citizens and their children? Would they change the law to not include latinos specificly?

    April 19, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    I wonder how the right who are usually religious reconcile this in their minds that with a paper that says he is a citizen and with all the oeople who have come forward to say he is a citizen that these same people can believe their is jesus or a god, they have less proof there is a god. How do you reconcile this in your minds? What is the proof?

    April 19, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. popeye

    Isn't it a little late to worry about where he was born! I mean who cares his term is almost over and you can vote for any of the chosen dumb a's running for office that are picked by who knows who and from them you may choose one money hungery,power hungery ,war-monger of your choice ! Would be nice to really choose who we wanted but we choose from the chosen!

    April 19, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    If the right does not believe that President Obama is a citizen with a piece of paper how can the religious reconcile they have no proof Jesus lived? They have no papers for proof, He did not write the bible. Man wrote the bible. I believe there are certain people that have to twist things to make it fit their ideaology of what they want in their world to help them make sense of things out of their control. Lets try to go on facts and no name calling. My grandfather used to say if you have to curse to get your point across your objectivity and credibility is lost.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. nur amabo nur

    Judge the man by his actions ALONE ! What was the first executive order signed by Obomba on his first day in office ?

    April 19, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. nur amabo nur

    Executive order 13489 google it and ask yourself why? Case closed.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      This is how rumors or prejudice people get rumors started. Actually Republican Nixon signed an exec order then Ronald Reagan signed exec #12667, then Bush signed and exec order #13233, alot of president have done the same thing. You find something but do not expose the whole truth or all the truth, just what you think adds to the hype of the lie of the birthers.

      April 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Trigger

    I didn't read all of the comments, because they just make me sad, so apologies if I'm repeating someone.

    But I feel like there's one thing that's not being said: there's no way that Obama would be under attack like this if he wasn't bi-racial/not completely white. It's sad that after so many years and obstacles we've overcome, racism like this is still tolerated in America.

    One nation under God...right? Grow up, birthers. When I get my birth certificate from the state of Oregon (where I am a 5th generation Oregonian), it looks just like the one Obama has released to the public. This is a non-issue.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. revalation

    WOW I can't belive he would sign executive order 13489 why would he do that ??? Thanks for the info !!!

    April 19, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      While you are at it read Nixons exec order, Ronald Reagans exec order#12667, Geaorge W. Bushs' exec order#13233,nothing new and move along. The presidents have signed exec orders since the 1789, no conspiracy her move along. NIce try to put a spin in the birther thing.

      April 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jaded

    OMG !!! Exec order 13489 !!! I now have no doubt he's hiding something.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      my oh my, Nixin has an exec order too, Omg so does Reagan exec #12667, Omg so does George W. Bush exec # 13233, they all must be in on it, it is called telling your staff your expectations of them.

      April 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. who the...

    Who would write such a law ??? And why ??? Executive order 13489 WHY ???

    April 19, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I can think of 3 right off the bat, Nixon, Reagan exec# 12667, and George W. Bush exec order #13233 They all revoked the former presidents order, Alberto Gonzales wrote Reagans or Bushs'. It did not say if Jimmy Carter or Clinton had wrote one.

      April 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. revalation

    I can only see one possible reason for executive order 13489. What a fraud !

    April 19, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Because you are conspiracy theorist, Nixon wrote one, Reagan wrote exec #12667 and Bush wrote #13233 What all 3 of them were frauds also. Guess what the Presidents have been writing exec orders from 1789 on, the whole country must be a fraud from 1776 and beyond.

      April 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. popeye

    I think elections for presidency should have a candidate from each state chosen by the people for the people and from there they could have pre-elections to narrow it down to a couple of candidates from ether party republican or democrat and then we might truly see a good president! But then there's the congress .

    April 19, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. NFL4eva

    Changing the rules of the game is the best way to win. Executive order 13489 is a game changer. This must be the change obama spoke of.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      And did Nixon speak of change and Reagan exec order 12667 and George W Bush exec order #13233 and the presidents since 1776, so don't Believe everything you hear on a blog, Now are you saying every President that signs a personalized order to their staff are frauds.

      April 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. popeye

    Opinions are like butt holes everybody's got one and most stink

    April 19, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. NFL4eva

    Would someone please explain to popeye the difference between a law and an opinion.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
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