Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hayworth: 'Birther bill' doesn't go far enough

If Obama is not a natural-born citizen, he is ineligible to be president under the Constitution.

The White House ripped the birther bill as a waste of time and money. "I can't imagine Arizona voters think their tax dollars are well-served by a Legislature that is less focused on their lives than in fringe right-wing radio conspiracy theories," spokesman Bill Burton said to CNN.

clipped from www.azcentral.com

Hayworth, who has cited the possibility of "identity theft" as a reason to want to see President Barack Obama's birth certificate, said the Arizona measure is "too narrowly drawn" because it would force only presidential candidates to produce evidence of their citizenship and other qualifications. Hayworth is a former GOP congressman and radio talk-show host who is challenging incumbent Sen. John McCain

, R-Ariz., in the Aug. 24 primary.

"It's real simple: We now require voters to offer proof that voters are who they say they are," Hayworth said Friday at a news conference in Phoenix. "If we're asking that of voters, shouldn't we ask candidates for every office on the ballot to be able to offer proof that they are who they say they are?"

The state House on Wednesday voted 31-29 to pass the legislation that would require all presidential hopefuls seeking access to Arizona's ballot to provide to the Arizona Secretary of State's
Office proof that the candidate is a natural-born citizen,
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