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. Bannes Melkes

    As Nelson Muntz once said, "HA HA!" (to the birthers)

    May 23, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. ja

    and this person is secretary of state, what have we come to in this country, we talk about terrorists aboard, the current legislatures across america is exacting foolishness upon citzens coast to coast, the birther mess is prime example

    May 23, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. You Betcha

    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".
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    don't forget the time that they said he didn't put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. and remember middle name is still Hussein, and he's still black. Bennett is a fool and a tool.

    May 23, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    The state of AZ should be ashamed that they have a bunch of backwoods hillbillies in charge od their state starting with this moron all the way up the man who unleashed the she devil upon the world.
    We already knew way back in 2008 what he has now spent state money on to reiterate to what a bunch of imbecilic racist morons the birthers are.
    Give it up AZ. Can we give you back to Mexico? No wonder the kardashian look alike from AK moved there.

    May 23, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. PaulCat

    .....and just tell me why it was re-open?
    Plan as day, "HATRED"

    May 23, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Marques

    BIGOTRY runs rampant within the Republican Party – such an ugly thing in 2012.

    May 23, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    -------------------------------------------------
    How true, how true.
    Somebody else wil pick up the idiot ball for AZ.

    May 23, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Iris H.

    The GOP is pathetic. What a total WASTE of taxpayer money. That bigoted sheriff, Joe Arpaio, should be ordered to pay back all the money he wasted looking into this. He is a modern day klansman whose got nothing else to do with his time. Maybe not everyone in the GOP is racist, but I'm pretty sure every RACIST voted GOP. What a bunch of losers.

    May 23, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Tyrone

    Arizona is not a swing state according to the Usa Today, Quit makin out with Rove. Az IS a Swingsate. The Communist Times begs to differ.

    May 23, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. sad4willis

    So I assume they have done this exact same process for Romney? When will they announce that they are satisfied with Romney's birth certificate?

    May 23, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Tyrone

    I Bishop Pinocchio Romney care for People Jobs & their Pensions.

    May 23, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. keeth

    Give Arizona back to Mexico.

    May 23, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. JohnW

    Birthers demand to be heard. Meanwhile, every rational person in the world rolls their eyes and says "Here we go again..."

    May 23, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. carly

    Isn't Bennett the same clown who said last week that he may keep Obama off the ballot? These right wing nuts should be in jail for destroying intelligence in our country.

    May 23, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. switters

    Arizona State Government = Teapublican nut cases

    May 23, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Demotage

    Maybe Sheriff Joe should be sent to tent jail and made to wear pink underwear for fraudulent use of taxpayer money.

    May 23, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Lando

    So after being elected and serving for almost 4 years, this sob is questioning the legitimacy of the presidency. Where in the hell did Arizona got this lunatic. It's a shame for the state to harbor this rotten, racist bigot. May you rot in hell....

    May 23, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Luke,AZ

    "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."

    Sniffit, Republicans here are downright fearful of change not just reluctant of change. Many are also poorly educated, such as Gov. Brewer,Russell Pearce and Joseph Arpaio.

    May 23, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. malcolm

    harassing Latinos, checking birth certificates...Arizona, the world is watching....

    May 23, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. kayla

    what do you expect, this is the party that george bush was the leader.

    May 23, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. JC in SC

    Obama is the most straight up, honest president we've had in years, since pre Nixon, whether you agree with him always or never. And I guess "we" don't know how to act. This whole effort on Ken Bennett's part is pitiful.

    May 23, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. paul

    Wait, Obama wore a red tie the other day and that means......... "well, it must mean he is anti-american" Arizona Republicans have embarassed their state enough already. Please vote these tea baggers out.

    May 23, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    C'mon, where are the afterbirthers to defend this nonsense?

    May 23, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Larry

    Now that they've finally accepted (after 4 years) that the President was born in this country, they will start gathering false claims from birth to 5 years old. Arizona has truly become a state for the retarded.

    May 23, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Christopher

    People who believe the president is not a US citizen believe so only because to believe otherwise means they hate him for another reason that is perfectly obvious but far less socially acceptable. It is fine to disagree with him, but to question his legitimacy as president is idiocy.

    May 23, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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