Arizona secretary of state closes Obama birth certificate matter
May 23rd, 2012
02:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Arizona secretary of state closes Obama birth certificate matter

(CNN) - Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett wrote in a statement Wednesday his office had received the necessary information about President Barack Obama's birth certificate to put the matter to rest.

"Late yesterday, our office received the 'verification in-lieu of certified copy' from officials within the Hawaii Department of Health that we requested in March," Bennett wrote. "They have officially confirmed that the information in the copy of the Certificate of Live Birth for the President matches the original record in their files."

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Bennett said last week that he may refuse to put the president on the ballot in November unless the state of Hawaii authenticated Obama's birth certificate, the long form of which the White House released in April 2011.

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Bennett, a co-chairman of likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's Arizona campaign, said he was only doing so at the request of his constituents.

"As Arizona's chief elections officer, I have the responsibility to certify the ballot to the state's 15 counties," Bennett wrote in Wednesday's statement. "At the request of numerous constituents, I merely asked Hawaiian officials to verify the information contained within President Obama's original birth certificate. They have complied with the request and I consider the matter closed."

– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Patriot Awesome

    What about Romney? Did they also get certification from Michigan about his birth certificate?

    May 23, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After receiving 12,000 e-mails from birthers, Bennett jumped right in and threatened to keep our president off the AZ ballot. After receiving 15,000 e-mails questioning if Mittens was a unicorn the matter gets dropped. Hopefully Bennett realized how stupid he is.

    May 23, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Mr. 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" would outsource the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    "Late yesterday, our office received the 'verification in-lieu of certified copy' from officials within the Hawaii Department of Health that we requested in March,"

    Republicanese translation = We got back the same short form everyone else has seen.

    May 23, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Gus

    Heres the funny twist with these Stupid rednecks, George Romney was born in a FLDS CULT in MEXICO & ran for President. Talk about Birther Material, HOW DAT BE????????????

    May 23, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. M-AZ Independent -

    Go ahead, laugh your as off at AZ. What else can you do with this kind of ignorance? Laugh and VOTE it out of office!

    May 23, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You would think Bennett would be concerned that Mittens dad was born in Mexico. In AZ that should make Mittens an anchor baby.

    May 23, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Gus

    The USA Today doesnt recognize Arizona as a Swing State. They must be Smokin same stuff a Rassmussen!!!!

    May 23, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Sometimes, I really wish Willard would win and ALL of the bigots out there in return would get exactly what they wished for – then I remember not everyone is ignorant or thinks in this regard. Thankfully, only a small fraction of people in this country like and get excited about this type of behavior.

    As far as Arizona goes – I will NEVER visit or spend money on any products from that state.

    May 23, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    wonder if they'll do this for ALL POTUS candidates or only for black ones with funny sounding names?

    May 23, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    What about Willard? Do they have proof he isn't a unicorn?

    May 23, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Wonderful, now let's get to real issues. Like getting somebody in the Whitehouse that knows what they are doing.

    May 23, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "What about Romney? Did they also get certification from Michigan about his birth certificate?"

    Unfortunately, the unicorn farmer whose mare birthed Mittens didnt' keep birth certificates. Mittens is going to have to find some other way of proving that he's not a unicorn.

    May 23, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The GOBP nutjobs will continue to cry about it because they have nothing.

    May 23, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. kevin

    RACISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course they didn't ask for Mittens birth certificate....they know he was hatched.

    May 23, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. kayla

    of course not, they don't need the stiff birth certicate because he is white.

    May 23, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    This is all very simple:

    1. The GOP/Teatrolls believe that magical unicorn farts are what make the economy run smoothly; and

    2. Mittens is a gasbag unicorn.

    It's a perfect fit.

    May 23, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Independant Texan

    FINALLY !!!! I suppose it`s only if your AMERICAN born mother gives birth to a Black, Democratic son outside the continental U.S. does birthplace become an issue ( to Republicans).

    May 23, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. mcskadittle

    or was mitt really born in mexico

    May 23, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    How convenient, the state's election officer is also Willard's co-chairman. Wonder if there is any conflict?

    May 23, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Luke,AZ

    I have been in AZ for 32 years and the Republican party is afraid of change. The state is made up of 40% independent,30% Democratic and 30% Republican. The Republican party is actually declining slightly, possibly allowing the state to turn blue in the fall.

    May 23, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Will you people FINALLY put this bizzarre issue to rest once and for all? You do the conservative cause NO GOOD WHATSOEVER and quite honestly make yourselves look foolish.

    May 23, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    I believe Rmoney is in fact a cyborg, and only part human at best. This requires further investigation before he is considered qualified to run for president.

    May 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. James Mason

    Don't understand why Arizona rushed this matter. They're so prompt figuring out other things!

    May 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Laverne

    ...........and some white people want to know why blacks are so touchy and sensitive. It is because there are still lots of bigots out there who continue to try and deligitamize black people in general, let alone blacks who are in prominent positions. There is not another instance in history that anyone can point to where a POTUS has been asked to prove his citizenship and prove who he is. It is shameful and just further proof that blacks are not paranoid when it comes to race, bigotry is still ALIVE! Everyday it is a struggle to be black in America.

    May 23, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    This issue will never go away.

    May 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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