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. Paul Ryan

    How fast did I run? It was two, three and finally four hour.

    September 17, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    ROMNEY: "President Obama threw Mubarak under the bus..."
    ROMNEY: "President Obama threw Israel under the bus..."
    ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: If Romney were president now, there will be NO uproar in Middle East.
    ROMNEY gives conflicting answers on the Arab Spring...

    Where does Romney stand???? No one knows!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    September 17, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. nitro

    Some idiot called the President a dictator. If thats true then he wouldnt need congress to do everything that he said he would do. He would just do it. Where is the logic you idiot.

    September 17, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. v4865

    Orily taitz? ???this vile stupid POST ..THIS IS LAUGHABLE
    THIS IS A FOOL WHOSE ENGLISH IS VERY VERY BAD HOW AND WHY WOULD ANYONE FOLLOW THIS FOREIGNER....SHE'S GONNA LEAD THEM TO HELL. GTFOH!!! DESPERATION AT IT'S BEST ...SHE'LL BE ON FAUX SPEW LATER ..

    September 17, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Roger

    To Rick McDaniel,

    Please sir explain, in detail and with fact, how President Obama is a "dictator"? How he has completely taken over the entire government and is doing exactly what he wants to do every minute of every day with no objections from Congress or the Supreme Court.We'll be waiting.

    September 17, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Thomas

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

    Rick , open the window , look around !

    Your comment is not only baseless but ridicules .

    September 17, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. BLKMANinAmerica

    Amazing the lengths RACIST will go to in America. Very sad!

    September 17, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Amar

    "...dropped his challenge on Friday saying he had received threatening phone calls..."

    Not because he realized it was a futile argument with zero basis?

    September 17, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. myviewis

    T'sah From Virginia
    If Romney were president now, there will be NO uproar in Middle East.
    --------------------–

    That's exactly what Democrats said in 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If Obama were president now, there will be NO UPROAR in the Middle East.

    September 17, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. myviewis

    Paul Ryan

    How fast did I run? It was two, three and finally four hour.
    ---------------------

    You mean like Biden's 3 letter word = JOBS
    Obama's 3 words manufacturers place on items= Made in the USA

    September 17, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    ""...dropped his challenge on Friday saying he had received threatening phone calls..."

    Not because he realized it was a futile argument with zero basis?"

    Never mind the fact that he's more likely to have received threatening phone calls from the GOPers out there who recognize what a damaging sh-tstorm Kansas Kobach might've caused with this racist nonsense as opposed to from Obama supporters. Believe it or not, there actually are consrvatives out there who are just as desperate as the Teatrolls but because of the damage the Teatrolls are doing.

    September 17, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    Obama and Eric Holder incompetent and lawless with Fast & Furious. Result: Many people die, including Americans.

    Obama incompetent to not protect American officials and installations abroad on 9/11 anniversary. Result: 4 Americans die, including out ambassador.

    And yet the MSM colludes with the Obama adminstration to change the narrative and hide the facts.

    How many Americans must die before the truth is told?!!

    September 17, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    I think birthers should be banned from voting. My God - those people are idiots. Everybody in the world has seen President Obama's birth certificate and they persist anyway. Talk about beating a dead and desicated horse !!!!

    September 17, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. PJ

    Faulted "Romney for not standing up to the most striden voice in his party"??????????????????
    ***
    Romney can't stand up to himself, much less the likes of Arpaio, Trump and this bunch of Kansas idiots.
    The sunflowers are hanging their heads in shame. Such pretty flowers, too.

    September 17, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Rove 101 - spread more and more and bigger and bigger lies until they stick.

    It didn't work in 2008, it won't work in 2012.

    Obama/Biden 2012 (because we do NOT need BiBi directing our Foreign Policy).

    September 17, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. ejktexas

    Now why doesn't CNN cover the remaining ballot access law suits that Gary Johnson is facing thanks to the GOP and Romney campaign?

    September 17, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Motapu

    Could anyone confirm why the Birthers never raised the issue about Senator McCain's citizenship status since he was born in the Panama Canal zone? Hmm! I wonder!

    September 17, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. makeredhappy

    So glad this has been decided in President Obama's favor! He will not carry this state full of ignorant plowboys and rednecks but he IS the President and I just love to see Kansas cringe now after yet another defeated birther effort. Does anyone in that backward state ever ask WHO IS FUNDING ALL THIS BIRTHER CRAP? Who would rather spend money on this nonsense than on education, healthcare, housing for homeless, veterans, disabled, etc?! Just think of all the money spent on crapt that helps no one, esp. in states that are at the bottom of the lists for education, healthcare, housing, aid for disabled and elderly!! The red states seem to be last in everything! About time Kansas stopped raising corn and started raising hell where it might make a difference and help people stuck living there!!

    September 17, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Jack

    Anybody read Thomas Frank's, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? That is one WACKY STATE, big time.

    September 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. ST

    I wish those Super PACS who are throwing money on Ads can help these birthers and try to find a place where they can buy a bit of brains. That money will really be put in good use.

    September 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Anounous

    I think its stupid to think we ended segregation in 1959. I think that this is more stupid than trying to steal the bill of rights. We didn't try to do this until AFTER the election. When the day comes ill be laughing and you will still be trying to figure out what just happened. Its stupid enough that we are doing this because he's black. He stopped 90% of bullying and we still have his birth certificate. All this is is a game of 1st grade whats your name and were where you born. You now what Obama makes you get run up. Im not hating on Romeny but America step up your game. Barack is American Kenya says so Hawaii says so I say so.

    September 17, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    Watergate, Willie Horton, Swift Boating, Birthers, Voter ID laws, ....GOP/Tea Party political dirty tricks over the last 50 years have been shameful. All this coming from the party of conservative FamilyValues.

    September 17, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Kansas ,get a grip and join the USA ,morons !!!

    September 17, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    They never questioned Mitt's dad being born in Mexico. What is wrong with those people.

    September 17, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Gregg

    I still think Don Rickles should run for President. He's show Congress who's boss.

    September 17, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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