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. steve jones

    stoopid white people

    May 23, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Cyric

    How in the world can we have a Sheriff with his "volunteer" posse and paid deputies flying to Hawaii to verify info on our President? The Sheriff system in this country is ridiculous, crazies cant elect a nutball to enforce and not enforce laws and investigate the President. Unreal.

    May 23, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. saywho

    Looks like a lot of unbelievers belong to the same 'church' of the unread. wow.

    May 23, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Kenny K

    @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.

    You forgot the word: PRESIDENT before Obama's name. Inscribe that to your forehead so that you will not forget next time.

    May 23, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Wait a second. Hawaii has yet to prove its really in the United States! The birther dream lives on.

    May 23, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. David

    I will not vote for Ronmey. He belongs to a cult.

    May 23, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. RapidOne

    – A kind of Aggressive and Welcome Delusion Casts a Shadow in this Country –

    So here, LIE number 88 out of 100 closed by the GOP–yet I'm sure another 10 lies will be created to take its place...

    The Republican party are such traitors for creating and pushing such ignorance and hate-mongering propaganda to a good portion of this country, then retracting it, then fabricating more–showing citizens that it is okay to be completely ruthless, false, bigoted and ugly to one another, killing all sense of civility, unity, sophistication and discourse.

    ...and finally in the end, blaming it right back at the people they've done that to. I can't help but shake my head in disgust and wonder what lies ahead.

    May 23, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. ray

    white people you think you owns this country, go back to school and learn your history and stop watching fox news. it dosent matter what obama say or do these whities dont not want a blackman in the white house so they will come up with all and anything thing to get him out feeding the racists on the right red meat everyday, it dosent matter what romney or the republicans say , they like thos red meat/

    May 23, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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