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. mama panda

    Wow. There's some sanity in Arizona after all.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brian

    @theincognito – Do you even know the requirements to be a natural born citizen? That's a rhetorical question because you obviously don't. Regardless even if your consipiracy was correct and the president was born in Kenya, he would still be a natural born citizen by the simple fact that his mother was a citizen who was a resident of the US for more than 5 years and more than 2 years after she was 14.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sarah

    Oh yeah I'm a moran cuz I'm a US/Canadian Muslim but the dumb F/U/C/K rednecks braggin they stole beer & can sell 4 cheap are sooooo much better! I do have kids! They're Brilliant too! Idiot!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stymie

    I'm pretty new to this blog, and all I have to say is: wow. CNN's audience is apparently as wildly slanted to the left as Fox is wildly slanted to the right. Where does one have to go to be among even keeled rationale thinkers? It sure ain't here.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I get my straight forward news from NPR,
      and then catch the spin here and at fox news. NPR pretty much splits it right down the middle, on reporting news. Some of their other shows have a liberal slant, but the news is right down the middle.
      Dave

      April 19, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. moi

    The president is born in Hawaii and his mom was a lady from Kansas. He has shown his birth certificate. What else do you need as proof that he is a natural born citizen? The birthers are just showing how stupid they are.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. What!?!

    "The Arizona "birther bill" got final approval by a vote of 40-16 last week in the state House."

    That is scary. Arizona sure knows how to elect the wingnuts.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Cougar

    Someone needs to investigate why Donald Trump did offered/tented his land for Gaddafi's tent

    April 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Easy answer: $$$

      April 19, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bud montgomery

    I still don't see why your president Obama refuses to just show his birth certificate ... What's the big deal unless he is hiding something???

    April 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeoWash

      Keep trying. You'll figure it out eventually. I hope.

      April 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GeoWash

    theBirthers's time would be better spent trying to make America a better place.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    @stymie: you obviously haven't read enough. We have a plethora of people representing the left and the right. Stay around for a few days and you'll see what I mean.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • stymie

      banasy – if by "plethora" you mean 1 conservative post for every 20 liberal posts, then I guess you're right.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. NobodySpecial

    Right Wing Nut Jobs will still keep on hating and be trolls. Personally, I'm laughing at the Tea Baggies because, in the end of the day, Obama is STILL the President of the United States of America. He's keeping his term. Stop being a bunch of whiny little babies and man up, sissy boys. While you're crying, I'm laughing!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sunil

    "A claim that, if true...."??

    Really??

    How about "a bogus claim by frustrated racists, that has been repeatedly discredited and proven false beyond any doubt"??

    April 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • texanName*

      Someone please explain why if you are a republican and didn't fall for the guys sensationalism and see the messes he make you are automatically deemed a racist were not racist were intelligent with some perspective us all

      April 19, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sarah

    ***Boatnmaniac u say what cudnt, my english Bad! Mohammadinwa, mohammad, thank u!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nora

    Like your comment Lisa!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jacks

    It's amazing to see one country with so many cleaver people and at the same time with an abandon number of brainless ones. We are a bunch of sheep in this country. These people are unable to think for themselves. it's a shame. Do you folks actually think that McCain and Hilary would not have discovered it if he was not a US citizen. Don't you think that Fox will find out by now. Come one people.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonyl

      These are the 20% of racist, dumb and ignorant citizens of our share that all nations in the world have. All nations have a 20% racist and dumb believe in conspiracies. They cannot sleep at night without fabricating conspiracies. It's in their psyche.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Alan Fields - Muncie Indiana USA - 47302-5222

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBJihJBePcs

      Help fight the InfoWars on this PrisonPlanet, check out Alex Jones of AustinTexas USA.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBJihJBePcs

      April 19, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • NSL

      That's your proof, and speeches like it. What a numskull! Referring to "home" country like that is stating where your ancestors came from. I can't believe you don't know that. You're just another one of those teabaggers who closed your mind to reality because it does jive with your preconceived idiocy.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Your soo stupid , pls stop

      April 19, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • DavidnCA

      Completely meaningless.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • unretired05

      They're so nice he posted em twice.

      April 19, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
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