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Bill would require birth certificates from presidential candidates (bill linked)

TPM DC reports: Rep. Bill Posey, a freshman Republican from Florida, is now putting forward a bill that should be good news for a particular demographic that cares a whole lot about their issue: Those folks out there who insist that President Obama hasn't offered a birth certificate to prove he's a natural-born U.S. citizen.

CNN reports that Posey has submitted a bill to require all presidential candidates to submit a birth certificate -- which Posey says is needed in order to remove this issue as a reason to question any president's legitimacy. ...

Posey's spokesperson told CNN that Posey takes President Obama's word for it that he's a citizen: "This was not meant as an insult to the president. It is simply meant as a way to clarify future election laws and to dispel the issue so we can move on with doing business for the country." -- TPMDC | Talking Points Memo | GOP Rep Submits Bill To Require Birth Certificates From Prez Candidates

A copy of the bill is here.

Comment: Why doesn't Rep. Posey amend the bill to add candidates for Congress as well? What "other documentation" will be necessary to prove the other constitutional qualification of 14 years' residence in the United States?


Yes, how about also requiring proof of residence in district, last 5 years' tax returns, local tax receipts, etc., for all national office candidates--oh, and tests for TB and syphillis.

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