Arizona secretary of state closes Obama birth certificate matter
May 23rd, 2012
02:45 PM ET
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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. Expat American

    Be that as it may...but for the GOP and Tea Bigots, there still exists that unresolved and equally crucial policy matter of "The President didn't wear a flag pin on his suit in a photo 4 years ago".

    May 23, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio should be sued and removed from office by the taxpayers in the State of Arizona for using their money to send Arpaio's deputies to Hawaii to carry out this injustice and his dirty work because he's angry with President Obama.

    May 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Will you people FINALLY put this bizzarre issue to rest once and for all?"

    I'm sorry, but the story says that the AZ SoS dropped the threat to keep Obama off the ballot. It did NOT say that Obama suddenly turned white.

    May 23, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl live FROM ROMNEYCARE BIG DIG IN BOSTON, 15BILLION DALLAR ROMNEY FISCILE CONSERVATIVE FAILED GOV,THREE TIME LOSER

    What a bunch of republican bafoons,and they think their going to win in Nov ,good luck ,I'm another vote for Obama and every other Dem .thanks teaparty clowns !!!!!!

    May 23, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "I have been in AZ for 32 years and the Republican party is afraid of change. "

    In fact, psychological studies have proven that to be a key and core personality trait in what makes someone a "conservative."

    May 23, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Another big show from a republican dying to get his name in the news. This party has no real agenda to help the country, they just want to get the power into the hands of the wealthy!

    May 23, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Marcus

    So they got to Ken Bennett. It was only a matter of time.

    May 23, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Alina1

    I hate dirty GOPr's.

    May 23, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Rudy NYC - This issue will never go away.
    ===============================
    The leftists that keep bringing it up pretty much ensure this to be true. After November, nobody will care anymore as Obama will be just another former corrupt Chicago politician.

    May 23, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. BLKMANinAmerica

    Ok, so I'm sure they (Az) will find another reason to WASTE much needed $ on BS. STUPID!

    May 23, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. GBfromOhio

    Why this birther bigotry? 1) He has a "foreign" sounding name 2) He was born in Hawaii, which is not a "real" state 3) His father was black and not a citizen of this country. Any more questions?

    May 23, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. B.

    Republicans are screwing themselves into the ground politically with this mindless nonsense and the Democrats will applaud them the rest of the way to November!

    There is literally no end to their ignorance..

    May 23, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. aggie95

    Did any of AZ's citizens request to verify Mitt Romney's birth certificate, or their beloved John McCain who was supposedly born on a U.S. Army base in Panama (which would make him a citizen, but still)? AND, why does the state automatically have to give in to some phone calls questioning the Presidents birth? Just tell them he was born here, he IS the president and end of story. Everybody knows, including the GOP/teaparty, that this is smoke and mirrors..

    May 23, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    "Bonehead" wrote – How convenient, the state's election officer is also Willard's co-chairman. Wonder if there is any conflict?
    Anyone else remember Kathleen Harris, Florida's Secretary of State who was also the State Chairperson for Dubya back in 2000? You know. The person who approved the West Palm Beach County "butterfly ballots" that had previously been declared illegal in Florida. Or how about the head of Deibold Corp., who provided the Voting Machines to Ohio, and was the head of Dubya's reelection committee for Ohio. You know. The state where some precincts reported 250% of the population (not 250% of the registered voters) cast ballots, allowing Dubya to win there? Nope, don't see any conflicts there at all.

    May 23, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Boo

    I can't decide which state is more stupid...Florida or Arizona...

    May 23, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Nobody is afraid of change for the BETTER. Problem is that Democrats and liberals don't have the ability and common sense to differentiate between change for the better and change for the worse. Obama is the PERFECT example of change for the worse.

    May 23, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Bob

    Who cares about Bennett and Arizona – only the Trump investigation can settle the case.

    May 23, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Angela

    Amazing. This is in the news for a few days and then presto. Matter closed. You know Mitt called and said shut it down or you are off the campaign.

    May 23, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Norm

    LOL...Arizona is so racist...........
    Why would anyone ever want to live there?

    May 23, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. vatoloke

    Claudia, don't even bother with that. The Nazizonians are too stupid for what you say. Just the fact they voted for Gooberness Brewer and keep Sheriff Lobo in office says it all about them.

    May 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. mms55

    i think people in these southern states who are dems should request that they check romneys birth certifacate.

    May 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Norm

    I think we need to see Mexican Mitt's birth certificate now.....the long form please..

    May 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    In fact, psychological studies have proven that to be a key and core personality trait in what makes someone a "conservative."
    ------------
    Physiological studies have revealed thick skulls seem to almost universal.

    May 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Big Al

    The hospital was probably run by evil liberals bent on world domination. Maybe The Donald can set up an independent, unbiased, Fox news based commitee to finally get to the bottom of this never ending mystery.

    May 23, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Ex-GOP Con

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    Did they ask for Romney's? Kinda racist don't you think?
    ===========================================

    May 23, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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