Obama to appear on Kansas ballot after 'birther' challenge dropped
September 17th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
9 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. rs

    The GOP simply needs to grow up. The Birther gig is so stupid. It does nothing for their credibility, and simply adds to their "win at any cost" reputation, and their lack ethical or moral grounding.

    September 17, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. cali girl

    Aww, another defeat for the righties? Too bad so sad.

    September 17, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. rs

    truth hurts-
    Remind me again. Under whose brilliant watch did 9/11 occur?

    September 17, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. myviewis

    Love your description of Obama's mother's home state. You do know that Obama's family is from Kansas????? So what do your comments tell you about Obama who's bloodline comes from Kansas??????

    1.About time Kansas stopped raising corn and started raising hell where it might make a difference and help people stuck living there!!
    2.He will not carry this state full of ignorant plowboys and rednecks
    3.Does anyone in that backward state
    4.in states that are at the bottom of the lists for education, healthcare, housing, aid for disabled and elderly!!

    September 17, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Lip Service - nothing more

    Why bother to comment. Romney will not be president, period. Republicans are acting like the white professional basketball players 80 years ago. Complete denial.

    September 17, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. ghostriter

    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?!!

    After almost 2 years of investigating, republicans have come up with zero evidence of any wrongdoing in Fast and Furious. Matter of fact, they have simply stopped caring now. I guess now that the political points have been tallied, there is no more use for it. We might as well call it Fake and Frivilous.

    Attacks not in the contininental US and you guys are complaining? How about the security right here? Seemed to hold up just fine. BTW, people attack US consulates alot. Happened during Regan's watch. I know you are old enough to remember him.

    Result: another group of Rush talking points that Factcheck won't bother to check, due to the lack of anything resembling a fact.

    September 17, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Jim Hahn

    Perhaps they ought to offer a voter intelligence test. If you pass you register as a Democrat, if you flunk you register as a Republican. And while one rotten grape doesn't make the whole bunch bad, it does make you move to another bunch.

    September 17, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Bob Lewis

    Obama has been in the public arena since 2004. He's been president for four years. Using common sense, do you believe that with all the resources available to his enemies and all the money and power at stake, that if there were one shred of hard evidence he wasn't born here, it would have been discovered by now?

    September 18, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Joe

    I do hope he had the calls traced and are prosecuting the callers to the fullest extent of the law. RIGHT!!!

    September 18, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. v_mag

    I call on all Republicans to step up and acknowledge George W. Bush. He was your guy for 8 years. Where is he now? Not at the convention. Not campaigning. Not on the talk shows. His name is never mentioned by your party leaders.

    Either defend his (indefensible) record or condemn him for the torturing traitor he is, but ACKNOWLEDGE HIM! Tell us why you voted for him and if you would vote for him again. Don't stick your head in the sand and vote for his clone Romney without dealing with the source of our economic problems: George W. Bush!

    Have some integrity. Clean up after yourselves. Own him or disown him. But deal with your legacy before you claim the right to foist another monster onto America.

    September 18, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Dave

    to rs: if you are asking who's blind eye and mis-allocated defense spending allowed OBL to plot, plan and kill Americans, even after evidence surfaced of his threat to US national security, that president would be Clinton...

    September 18, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Publius Novus

    Sounds like a very fair proceeding. The State Board of Objections is run entirely by Republicans. The Secretary of State is a Republican, and, oh yes, a Romney adviser. I'm sure their decisions will be fair, balanced, and legal. Kansas sounds like a third-world country. Or like Florida.

    September 18, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Alex

    He's produced 2 documents and newspapers from that timeframe confirm his birth. Time to move on folks.

    September 18, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. chupacabra

    What will the republicans come up with next? That birther line is already worn out. I got an e-mail yesterday trying to convince me that he is a gay, as the old saying go's..."a drownding man will grab at a straw" the GOP is hurting and will try everthing in its arsonal but it wont work.

    September 18, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. ST

    I could not stop shaking my head this morning listening to Morning Joe asking what Romney can do now to put things upright.
    Gee, Joe, are folks looking for some to sit in the Oval Office and wait people to tell him what to do OR a leader who is full of integrity, have a vision and knows very well how his leadership will head to by leading more than 300 million people.

    Joe mentioned also that there is still 3 debates to come and Romney still has a lot of money to change things.

    Oh! I think having: long primaries; having campaigns; having convention are done with a reason and keep in mind also takes time to let people understand whether the leader they are looking for is capable for the job. Waiting 3 debates of 90 minutes each while the candidate has been prepared for it, OR bombarding people with a fire works of Ads in order to change peoples mind, doesn't make any logic at all in picking up the right leader.

    I do think, the entire process from the beginning up to the end should be assessed in order to come up with the right thinking of voting for the capable someone.

    September 18, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    I truly am sick of this birther bs. It's pretty telling that they refuse to leave our legally elected President alone, even after he has produced his birth certificate. But this same group of people are saying the dems are picking on Willard over his refusal to release his tax records...

    If this birther bs is not mired in racism......why did it not start prior to us having a black POTUS with a foreign sounding name?? As a matter of fact, why isn't anyone questioning Willards citizenship? After all, wasn't his father born in Mexico?

    Show us your taxes Willard! No one trusts you anymore.

    September 18, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. us_1776

    This all goes back to the Repub mentality that they think they are "entitled" to govern.

    Well, the voters got some news coming on that score.


    September 18, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Buc

    Romney was born in Mexico! Where is the birther's outrage over that?

    September 18, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Ken in MD

    Uhhh... really? Birthers still exist? Good Lord.

    September 18, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. JoJo

    I don't believe any of this birther stuff, but even it it were true, what strikes me is the cruelty of people to try to destroy a person's career over the slightest of technicalities over which that person had no control. It's clear there is something else behind this birther hysteria, which is not being admitted to out loud. If it was a pure regard for strict constitutionalism, the birthers would have been equally outspoken in questioning John McCain's candidancy for President given that he was born in Panama.

    September 18, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Buzzwad

    So what is it Mitt. Are you for goverment health care or not? Are you pro-gun control or not? Are you pro-choice or not? You were when you were the governor of Massachussetts! Now you appear to be a right wing nut job. I do not trust anybody who will say anything to win.

    September 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Jack from Illinois

    Even rightwingers from Kansas do not appreciate being national laughingstocks.

    September 18, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Michael

    I was both born and bred in Kansas and am damned proud of it.
    1. Kansas raises more wheat than any other like-sized geographical area in the world. You must be thinking of Iowa. Close, but no cigar, Buckwheat.
    2. "Ignorant plowboys and rednecks"? With the number of higher education institutions and the number of educated people coming out of the Jayhawk State you DARE offer such a misinformed stereotypical comment?
    3. "Backward state"? Kansas is anything but. There are a number of Bible Belt states I could attribute such conditions to, but not Kansas. Technology has a central place in the state economy, as does farming and ranching. And, speaking from a position of experience and first-hand knowledge, both of which you are obviously lacking, it takes far more smarts to run a successful agricultural business than you are aware of. Get your facts straigh, P'taK ...
    4. Like its geographical location in the country, Kansas is middle of the pack insofar as education (all levels), health care, housing and, unlike other areas of the country, Kansans actually care about our disadvantaged, ailing and elderly. This sentiment goes back to the pioneer days when homesteads would gather for barn raisings and mutual protection.

    You post is seriously misinformed and framed from a deep seated hatred which borders on racist. "Fear leads to anger which leads to hate. Hate leads to the Dark Side." – Yoda

    September 18, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Jim

    Republicans will try anything to suppress the vote. They do not support democracy for America.

    September 18, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. hilarious

    The birthers are hilarious. I mock you.

    September 18, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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