Overheard on CNN.com: Readers praise Arizona governor for vetoing 'birther bill'
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says the 'birther bill' would create 'significant new problems' for Arizona.
April 19th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers praise Arizona governor for vetoing 'birther bill'

Comment of the day: "I don't care if he was born on Mars. I think he's a great man and a great president." – oldjovian

"A bridge too far"

Late Monday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer squashed the so-called “birther bill” that would have required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States before their names could have been placed on the state ballot. The bill got approval in the Arizona state House last week, but with Brewer’s veto the bill will not become law unless legislators vote to override it.

CNN.com readers condemned the "birther bill," but many others simply supported Brewer’s decision. whiteraven said, "Good call, Gov Brewer." jw456 said, "Wow. Good for her." Irrawadi said, “As crazy as this woman is, her stock just went up; a statesman-like decision confronting hidden racist agenda guised as constitutional protections. Kudos to you Ms. Brewer!" msacks said, "Wow, Brewer made a rational, reasoned decision, based on forethought over future consequences of a law. It's .... surreal."

Many commenters believe that the "birther" issue is race-related. CEL1 said, "Interesting that after more than 200 years, we elect a black man as president and suddenly people want candidates to prove where they were born." CdnJim said, "This is only an issue because of the President's skin color. It's that simple." Retired3 said, "If there was anything at all [wrong] about Obama's birth certificate, don't you think the Republicans would have found out during the 2008 campaign! This argument is so racist." But RazirRiely said, "Nevermind that he has a very NON-AMERICAN sounding name, right?"

Readers also commented on how the "birther" issue could affect the Republican Party: Bgrngod said, "The GOP has got to do everything they can to cast aside this whole Birther thing. It will only drag them down for the election. Kind of like all those 'Hang 'em!' comments did in 2008. Either distance yourselves from this nonsense, or suffer the consequences." Spidey13 said, "As a Republican, I am sickened by what the party has become: It has reduced itself to a racist-tinged knee-jerk reactionary institution whose sole bent is discrediting President Obama, without offering any solutions to any of the SERIOUS economic problems facing the nation."

Boy saves sister

America has a new hero today - and so does his sister. Tristin Saghin, 9, performed CPR on his two-year-old sister starting her breathing again after she was found unconscious in their grandmother’s pool. He told Mesa, Arizona affiliate KNXV that he learned how to do CPR on television.

EYETCHFRNCH said, "Fantastic! It is good to hear something good for a change. Kudos for such a smart young man!" TinaK said, "Way to go, Tristin! A virtual high-five to you!"greeneyedgrl said, "What a truly inspiring little boy. I love the part where he said his little sister was beautiful and how he 'loved her really much.'" sfrancisco27 said, "Tristin, you are AMAZING!!! You brought tears to my eyes as you can tell just how much you love that little sister of yours! Way to go!!" JewelMama said, "You totally rock Tristin!! What an awesome brother you are!!" iPwn said, "Tristin, now would be a good time to ask mom to bring you to Disney Land this summer." joxer said, "Your sister is very blessed to have such a great brother. Good job buddy!"

midwestmatt said, "In a time when so few find so little good in this world, remember Tristan. And thanks to my brother Mark who knocked four ice cubes out of my throat all those years ago while we were all watching Laugh In. I'm around because of you." Poupon said, "Brings back memories, but in my case it was tortilla chips and an Elvis movie, and my two best friends."

Helping Texas

As destructive fires continue to rage across Texas, some CNN.com readers brought up comments made by Texas Governor Rick Perry at a 2009 Tea Party event about seceding from the United Sates. Most CNN.com readers, however, agreed that it was the wrong time to bring up those sentiments now.

5diamond said, "So Governor Perry once said something to effect of Texas seceding from the U.S. Maybe from now on each politician should be judged by his/her dumbest quote. From now on, I choose to remember President Obama by his 'clinging to guns and religion' statement. How fair does that sound?" markbenton said, "Most Texans, while very proud to be Texan, are as equally proud to be Americans. It’s the kind of people who say things like ‘burn baby burn’ who give America a bad name." AtheiPatriot said, "I'm as far left as it gets, I live in Texas....please don't generalize and use stereotypes. We as Democrats have a responsibility to allow the Right to name call and judge, and for us to rise above."

But AZLetsGetRea said, "Right now we should be raising money to send to Japan. At least they appreciate and like the U.S. Federal Government! Texans are foul weather friends. They hate the fact they are part of America, they hate, hate, hate... until they need something and then, like little children, [they] demand attention right away."

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. JEFF

    if he truely IS an American, then why has he spent over 1 million dollars to NOT allow access to his certificate and college papers? One million dollars! I smell a cover-up. And quit brining up the race card. That's all you dumo-crats can think of. I sure wish I could use the color of my skin as a lame excuse everytime someone questions me or things don't go my way. IMPEACH this loser, un-American prez right now!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brownstain

    Beckerhead, Trump, Palin, Bachman!
    What a circus.
    Now they're starting to eat each other.
    It's great to be a spectator at this freak parade.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. brownstain

    Bachman vs. Trump
    Beckerhead vs. HuckStick
    GOP Vs. Amerika

    April 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BG

    First of all you people who think the President birth issue is because of race you are morons. If any President was asked about his birthplace he should race to show it immediately. Why is it wrong to have someone who obviuosly skirtting the issue prove everyone wrong? The republicans won't do anything to prove it because they are on the same side of the government. Why do you think they all worked together to steal our tax money, that we shot down and told them not to. The media is hassling anyone that says anything about the birther issue when they should be out there proving it , isn't that what they are supposed to do? report the news !!! Oh yea I forgot they are in bed with big business just like our government !!!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WungToo

    lol, Arizona is in a world of their own. I think they are all on Crack out there. Must be something in the water

    April 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joshua from Baton Rouge

    Governor Brewer, though I disagree with your stance on the immigration bill you are proposing, I must compliment you on your decision to strike down this asinine, ridiculous, and historically inane “birther” bill. I now have more respect for you as a politician and as a human being, which is more than can be said about Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal, who has all but said he would sign the “birther” bill should it make it to his desk. I am ashamed to have this man lead my home of Louisiana as he does not represent the views and opinions of its citizens.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |

    Look at all of the knee jerk racist comments. Even new civil war whackjobs piping up. Delusional teabaggers no doubt.

    April 26, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
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