Obama to appear on Kansas ballot after 'birther' challenge dropped
September 17th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to appear on Kansas ballot after 'birther' challenge dropped

(CNN) – Efforts to keep President Barack Obama's name off of the Kansas presidential ballot were halted Monday when a state board ended its probe over questions about the president's place of birth, the Kansas Secretary of State's office confirmed.

The all-Republican board made its decision after the person leading the objection, Manhattan, Kansas resident Joe Montgomery, dropped his challenge on Friday saying he had received threatening phone calls.

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Last year, Obama released his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii to quell speculation that he was not a U.S. citizen and may be constitutionally ineligible to serve as president. He has previously released a certification of live birth during the 2008 campaign. Both documents show that he was born in a Hawaii hospital on August 4, 1961. Contemporaneously published newspaper announcements also noted the birth in the Aloha State.

Monday's meeting by the State Objections Board, however, did not go down without some drama. Orly Taitz, an outspoken figure in the so-called birther movement, appeared at the gathering and demanded to speak, according to local television station KTKA, a CNN affiliate. She chided board members for overlooking other questions about the president's citizenship.

Obama supporters forcefully responded at the meeting, and both parties were ordered to leave the building by a security officer. It's also worth noting that Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, is known for his tough stance against illegal immigration and has served as an "informal adviser" to Mitt Romney's campaign.

The Kansas ballot measure is one of several examples of the birther movement's still-persistent presence this election year. Officials in Iowa and Arizona, for example, called for presidential candidates to show proof of U.S. citizenship before they can appear on the ballot–a not-so-veiled nod to birther conspiracists.

While the Republican Party at large brushes off the movement as a distraction, and despite proof to the contrary, some continue to give voice to the issue, notably real estate mogul Donald Trump. Romney, meanwhile, drew criticism recently for making an apparent quip about the issue.

"Ann was born at Henry Ford hospital, I was born at Harper hospital. No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised," Romney said at a Michigan campaign event.

Obama's campaign quickly seized on the comment and faulted Romney for not "standing up to the most strident voices in his party."

The president, however, pokes fun at the issue himself. Campaigning in Florida recently, Obama ran into a six-year-old from Hawaii and jokingly asked to see his birth certificate.

– CNN's Ashley Killough, Peter Hamby, Jim Acosta and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Birthers • Kansas • President Obama
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. The REAL Truth...

    @just sayin – it isn't the birth certificate that has many wondering about his place of birth. it is his words and deeds that have many wondering. and after all the lies he's told over the last 4 years, many don't trust him.
    ----------------------------------
    Exactly which lies are you talking about?? I don't suppose the treasonous activities of McCluess and Bayner with their goal of making the POTUS a single-term President, nor their addition of unacceptable anti-abortion and defense spending increase riders to every piece of legislation written by Congress, nor their refusal to negotiate on the debt ceiling issue that caused the debt rating downgrade, nor... count in the negatives column with you??

    September 17, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Horatio

    What a shame it is that in our country Republicans are trying to say that we can not even trust those people in office that make certain all qualifications of a candidate are met. Are you really trying to say that after all this time that the President has served as President that noone would have been able to prove otherwise? If Republicans feel this way, then we really need not vote for a Republican candidate. As a registered Independent, I can say that Gov. Romney is the greater threat to our country because I have fact checked every statement from both candidates. Democrats have stretched the truth but have NOT blatantly spoken untruths. Gov. Romney, and his running mate, have both lied outright and it is rather vulgar. President Obama is by far the superior candidate in every aspect of this Presidential election. PLEASE FACT CHECK!

    September 17, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Obama should be barred from running, on the basis he is a dictator, in the first place.

    September 17, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. CBR

    How long did it take Kansas to do make a decision? Those who perpetrated this nonsense should be removed from the election commission. The bias shown is unbelievable. Kansans are good people. Their state and names are being muddied.

    September 17, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Michael

    just sayin, says President Told lies the last 4 years, what a crock of doo doo! The rightwing nut jobs
    Repuglicans are the liars! They cry for 4 years where are the jobs Mr President! But, voted against or fillibusterd or cried against every jobs bill President Obama presented them! These repuglicans extemist obstructionist, who are king of the fillibuster and "DOING NOTHING," for 4 years, but trying to make sure President Obama is a one term President! This despite of our countries woes economically, joblessness, housing, long and short term fiscal deficits! If this is "patriotism and love of country give me socialism!" Repuglicans are like a terror extremist group who goes after the weak, defenseless, using religion as a incendiary prop for its platform justification and ideology! American people and the media is at fault for this malarchy! Repuglican spin machine wants this to a non-issue, like the, evaporation of 1/2 trillion surplus, -8.9 GDP, 11 trillion national debt, 1.3 trillion deficit, 2.8 trillion in tax cuts (unpaid for)2 Wars (unpaid for), Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for), 3 trillion borrowed from China, a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis’s, losing over 800,000 jobs monthly and a economy on the brink of depression when President Obama took office!

    September 17, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    @just saying

    Keep pimping the hate.

    September 17, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. bb

    Look around Oblunder has made it worse,
    stop and look,
    u cant be that stupid to vote for this POS again

    September 17, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Lilli

    Please somebody round up all the birthers and send them on the next spaceship to Mars.....if the martians accept them!!! These people are CRAZY and therefore, will never accept Pres. Obama as President! Well, he is the duly elected POTUS....get over it!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    September 17, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Hillcrester

    I wish the birther nonsense would continue to get a lot of press attention–it reminds independent voters of the extreme craziness in the GOP, helps to discredit other attacks made against the President, and wins him votes.

    September 17, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    This election is RICH v/s MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA. Obama12.

    September 17, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. truth hurts

    Sniffit
    "Kris Kobach, is known for his tough stance against illegal immigration"
    Hahahahaha...yes..."papers please" is just a "tough stance." Yuo running out of whitewash yet, CNN?
    =============================================================================
    If an American gets stopped any place in Europe are they expected to produce their passport to show who they are and that they are there legally?

    Are can they tell the police to buzz off and go away?

    September 17, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    The birthers are such idiots, they can't figure the real conspiracy of Obama's birth:

    TIME TRAVELLING SPACE ALIENS from Kolob.

    September 17, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    bb – As a birther, you sure harbor a lot of hate

    September 17, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Obama should be barred from running, on the basis he is a dictator, in the first place.
    **************************************
    Really? Would a dictator bother running for re-election, and allow the oppostion to operate their own press/propaganda outfits? Judging by the fact that you can post without being in jail, I would say that we don't live in a dictatorship.

    September 17, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. edward

    really like that's the only way Romney can win is by denying our current president to be on the ballot not to mention trying to suppress voting only to have federal judges overturn it.

    September 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Jane

    Its a shame the republicans have created such a mess for themselves, by having these people as spoaking for them. and doing their crazy policies. It won't get them votes. they offend too many by their obvious lack of intelligence. You wonder how they get voted in, My young granddaughters have more sense, the ones under 10. Jane

    September 17, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. myviewis

    Here's the bottom line:
    1.Obama was born to a married mother, not a single mother as we had been told.
    2.She was married to a student from Kenya until 1964.
    3.Obama's grandmother posted an announcement in the newspaper in Hawaii of his birth in Hawaii.
    4.Obama left for Washington state with his mother a few weeks after his birth because his mother was starting classes in September at the university in Washington and was no longer attending classes in Hawaii.
    5. His father remained in Hawaii to continue his studies while Obama left for Washington state as a baby.
    6. His mother and Obama returned to Hawaii in 1963.
    7. In 1963 his father left Hawaii for Harvard.
    8. In 1964 his parents divorced.
    9. In 1965 his mother in Hawaii married a student from Indonesia.
    10. Obama left for Indonesia when he was 6 years old.
    11. While in Indonesia, Obama attended a private school
    11. Obama returned to Hawaii to start 4th grade in a private school.
    12. Obama remained in Hawaii and graduated 12th grade from the private school.
    13. Obama was raised by his grandmother who was the Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii.
    14. Obama's mother was a Doctor of Anthropolgy working for governments and banks implementing loan systems.

    September 17, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. ART

    Obviously Joe Montgomery is a racist red neck and Rick McDaniel is an idiot

    September 17, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Im moving to Kansa

    Now there's a state that is American, Kansas. I live in the S h1 t hole known as Philadelphia, I'd love for all you liberal suburbanites who love Oblamo to come and spend a week in the s h 1 tty of brotherly hate. Spend a week here where 90% of the crime is black on white/black on black and black on ? Whoever has some gibs, the iner city blak man aka Oblamo voter will rob, steal and kill. Might change your mind about your liberabl points of view if you were robbed and raped by one of them.

    September 17, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    HOW FAST DID PAUL RYAN RUN? Two, three or four hour.

    September 17, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. just sayin

    >The REAL Truth... – Exactly which lies are you talking about??

    if obama's mouth is moving, he's lying. it would be easier to list the none lies.

    1.

    there, that it.

    September 17, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. pkrbkr

    The Tea Party and Republicans are nothing but racists! How many times does our President have to prove his birth place? Ridiculous! Get over it! Your guys are losing in spite of your hate! Obama/Biden 2012

    September 17, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Dorkus Maximus

    The article says the original challenge was dropped after "threatening phone calls". What the article doesn't say is that the calls came from the Romney campaign, which didn't want to look any more clueless than it already does.

    September 17, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    How fast did Paul Ryan run

    September 17, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Dorkus Maximus

    I know one candidate in this race who could devote a tremendous amount of money toward falsifying his past.

    September 17, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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