(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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I am belived that his grandmother are right saying to his born in keynea but why presdient obama make trying give his grandmothe make confusion or wash brain to her
now i know why reagan defunded mental illness ,he,d have no party left
....now can we get physical proof that Mitt Romney has a brain? They can remove it, show the audience &reinstall on Geraldo's show ....would be a perfect venue. Same as Orly Taitz' request for the President's birth certificate....
Meanwhile, Sheriff Joe and his deputies are vacationing – oops I mean investing – in Hawaii.
The people in Arizona are complete idiots and superbly racist. Get a life Arizona and do something meaningful in life.
Who knows how many taxpayer dollars were spent to find out what most of us already knew? Those who insist on this proof, should pay for the cost of the inquiry.
Anyone supporting the birther notion by this point in time should have voting privileges revoked for 5 years. If you don't recognize the legitimacy of the us presidency, how are you qualified to determine any level of political position?
Too late Kenny. We all know already what a bozo you are. By the way, aren't bozos excluded from holding high office in Arizona? Where's YOUR cerificate, hey?
Forget health care taxes jobs environment good governance terrorism, some things are really important to AMERICANS and we want Obama to sit down and tell us why we should re-elect a Moslem Socialist Angry Black Man born in Kenya. And then come clean about how NASA faked evidence that the world isn't flat. Let me adjust my tinfoil hat and continue here...
Shame on Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett for even making this an issue! I hope he's happy with his 5 minutes of publicity! He gives Arizona a very BAD name!
It's a total embarrassment as a long-time resident of Arizona to see how politicians here continue to act like total morons and bring up idiotic issues, such as this one. On the other hand, if the Republicans can't stifle this lunacy among their own, doesn't that simply indicate how inherently flawed they are as a collective group in terms of the sort of people they attract to be part of their party? I hope voters take note as to the typical backer of absurd issues like this one and cast their votes intelligently in November.
So the AZ Sec of State burned his fat, fascist fingers, huh? Too bad.
Can I see Mitt Romney's birth certificate please. Because I haven't seen it before and I don't believe he is an American citizen and we all have a right to know. I'm just asking, like Bennett and the idiots he represents.
Did they get a copy of Romney's birth certificate too?
"I am belived that his grandmother are right saying to his born in keynea but why presdient obama make trying give his grandmothe make confusion or wash brain to her"
Dude, you need to work on your English. Sheesh! Ever heard of a dictionary?
The question remains the same; WHERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?!
All we hear from Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett is that Hawaii officials say that “everything is ok-doe-ky”. If that is the case, WHERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?!
Matters not where he was born, he is a CIA plant and hellbent on the destruction of our capitalists' society. A true commie-in -chief!!!
As if the opinioin of the state government of Arizona had any weight in the matter.
what is the unicorn about
Let me get this straight – The Arizona Secretary of State has the power/authority not to put President Obama on the ballot in November and he is also co-chairman of Mitt Romney's Arizona campaign? You must be kidding!
In all fairness, shall we demand to see Mr. Romney"s authenticated birth certificate as well? Was he born in this Country? I don't know. I have doubt too.
Fear of the Black Man.
How embarrassing for AZ. I sometimes drive by one of those WND billboards when traveling (this particular one in PA), that originally shouted "Show us the birth certificate!", but was revised to now bellow "Show us the REAL birth certificate". Sad, just sad. Makes me cringe every time I see it. But, living in a very conservative community, I hear/read that delusional stuff all the time. What is wrong with people?
Maybe the nut cases in Arizona and other" birthers" would have fun playing with the following baloney! LOL
Is Mitt Romney a “natural born citizen”? It is absolutely clear that Mitt Romney is NOT a Natural Born Citizen unless he can prove that George Romney gained citizenship from naturalization prior to Mitt’s birth in 1947.
Arizona birthers will all burn in Hell!