Citizenship bill passes in Arizona
April 15th, 2011
07:59 AM ET
3 years ago

Citizenship bill passes in Arizona

(CNN) - The Arizona state legislature approved a bill Thursday night that would make presidential candidates have to prove they are U.S. citizens before their names could appear on a state ballot.

The so-called "birther bill" got final approval by a vote of 40 to 16 in the state House, according to the website for the Arizona State Legislature.

The bill's author, Arizona State Rep. Carl Seel, has said the bill was not targeted at President Barack Obama.

"This bill is not about Obama. It's not about that," he said. "It's about future elections and maintaining the integrity of the Constitution."

Questions have been raised about the citizenship of the president.

The bill still needs to be signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer


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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is no more than "window dressing", Arizona has bigger problems than passing a birther bill which is just more proof governors like Brewer aren't working on jobs or the terrible housing crisis the State faces. If you noticed, Brewer said "this isn't about attacking Obama" and it sure isn't about their terrible job and housing market. This woman like many other governors deserve to be impeached.

    April 15, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. harrhar

    Omgosh. It is so hard sometimes, just wanna give up. These people are causing so many problems, and they call themselves americans.

    April 15, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Lori

    What is going on in Arizona??? These people are just flippin' crazy!!!

    April 15, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Anthony

    Can someone tell the Arizona legislature that the requirements for president are already in the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court knows what the Constitution says? The Supreme Court has rejected every birther lawsuit. What message is the Supreme Court sending, birthers?

    April 15, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Lisa P

    Well I guess that knocks Donald Trump out of the race, in Arizona at least.

    April 15, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Gary Bowman

    "This bill is not about Obama" And pigs do fly

    April 15, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. WatchDawg

    Sounds like we are all going to need pedigree papers and register with the American Kennel Association to trace our lineage back 7 or 8 generations.
    But than again, all we have to do is look at the stellar individuals this State has given us over the years.

    April 15, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Gill Baba

    I don't understand, you mean baby "Jesus" Obama new he was going to be president of USA that when he was born, he told Mom (whom know body has told us how she got to Kenya 49 years ago in the first place) to quickly take him to US and put an ad in the news paper so people can believe he was born in Hawaii. America boast to have the best police and intelligent agency in the world, yet these agency cannot prove that Obama is not a citizen. Lets call a spade a spade this act of birther is racism and Donald Trump wonders why "the blacks" are behind him 95%. Finally, I think this is shameful to America, and insult to the woman who gave birth to Obama.

    April 15, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. maggie

    The bill's author, Arizona State Rep. Carl Seel, has said the bill was not targeted at President Barack Obama.

    "This bill is not about Obama. It's not about that," he said. "It's about future elections and maintaining the integrity of the Constitution."

    These freaks can't even tell the truth. Of course it is about Obama. When, has Arizona ever raised a "birther" question about the 40+ presidents we've had in the past and what would possess them to do it now?

    April 15, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Chas in Iowa

    Custom fit for Donald and his followers.
    Do these legislators have no real issues to deal with in Arizona?

    April 15, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Phil in KC

    This is so stupid. First of all, the so-called 'birthers' are ignoring one very important point. If you are born to American citizens, you are an American citizen. Many, many Americans have been born while their parents were outside the US. No one is questioning their citizenship. Obama's mother was a US citizen, so that makes Obama a citizen. Period. End of discussion.

    April 15, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. ja

    the canidates need to prove they are compotent, not stupid, that's the legislation needed

    April 15, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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