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April 21st, 2010
09:51 PM ET

'Birthers' Vs. Pres. Obama: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, keeping them honest. The 'Birthers' are back and this time legislators are listening.
Arizona passes a bill demanding presidential candidates produce a birth certificate. Five other states are working on similar measures. Tonight, hear directly from one of the Arizona lawmakers who voted for the bill.
Plus, new developments in the murder of a principal and more.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (535 Responses)
  1. Joanna

    Anderson. Hard core questions tonight! Thank you. I just moved to az last year. These birthers are whack jobs.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  2. subira

    Anderson today im returning back to watching ur show, u have given me a reason to wanna watch your show again. What u did is keep him honest, and u did it, bravo, im watching you now and will keep watching.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  3. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Emily, i agree with you on All of your posts so far.

    What is wrong with these "birthers"? We don't have enough problems both in this country and in the world that we need to be distracted by this conspiracy theory?

    I want to pay attention to more pressing problems.

    This person that Anderson is interviewing seems slippery. It wasn't an issue when Pres. Bush was Pres., but it Is an issue about Pres. Obama? Why?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Nilo from Los Angeles

    Go Andy Watching you now. Glad you grilled him.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    Oregonians would laugh a birther politican in their State or Federal office out of office.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  6. IL Susan

    What did PT Barnum say?
    “There's a sucker born every minute”
    “More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing, than by believing too much”

    So Arizonans will then NOT believe most of what is taught in school – that the Earth is round surrounded in a universe of stars and other matters because they have not been to space to verify it.

    And, no. NO state has authority to place their own restrictions on federal elections. By the way, there is nothing in the Constitution that states that Senators or Representatives live in the region they represent.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Mark Prunty

    Get'em Anderson....enough is enough. Many people in certain offices could have put this issue to rest instead by direct or indirect actions they allowed this 'Birther" garbage to persist. Thank You Anderson for making them more obvious!!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you on tonight.
    Though the birth certificate bill is not a terrible idea, it seems to result more from a grudge against Pres. Obama's success at being elected President than anything else. I'm not necessarily against the bill if a state chooses to pass it, but a Presidential candidate's place of birth being the United States is a given and always has been.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Sara Asif - Toronto, Canada

    Thank you Anderson for calling out Mr. Ash on his comments!

    You just voiced exactly what I was thinking!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Sharon Hastings

    Go get em Anderson. Tell it like it is.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  11. tori

    This man and others like him will never own up to the truth because they have political motives. They question because he is black – plain and simple.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Marie

    Great interview Anderson. You're asking the right questions

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
    • Colleen

      I don't see the harm in showing your birth certificate in order to run for office. It should have been done a looooong time ago.

      April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Mike

    A focus on where President Obama was born, come on, whether you support him or not...you can build a better argument or debate against him than this.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Deborah Lamberty

    Is it not true that no matter where Obama might have been born, because his mother was an American citizen he is an American citizen?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Emily

    Some "Leader" Anderson...

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Dave

    Go get him Anderson!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  17. Valerie NYC

    Shocking! This is shocking! I can´t believe I am listening to this man! It is maddening!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  18. Richard-Michigan

    Other than the birth certificate, is there any OTHER written evidence about this issue?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Cessy - Chicago

    sorry for the typo.." keeping it honest, AC"..

    who is this guest? seems to me that he wants air time.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Kim- Ohio

    Way to keep him honest Anderson!!!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Chaney, Louisiana

    This is ridiculous , Why did this suddenly become an issue with the election of Barack Obama? Anderson hold this mans feet to the fire.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Elizabeth

    This guy is an embarrassment to his political party and our country. Don't we have bigger problems to deal with?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    No one asked George Bush for proof .

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This bill isn't racist, just dumb.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Heather - Spokane, WA

    So why hasn't any other presidents had things like this come up? It's another racist issue

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Lori, S. California, USA!

    Hello Anderson. Hi Everyone!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Only a generic birth award has been presented .

    April 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Smith in Oregon

    The Republican leaders in Arizona and Texas are really out of touch with the reality of the moment. No amount of 'proof' is going to convince these birthers, time to turn the page.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Sophia Garcia

    The moon's NOT made outta cheese???!!! Awwww maaaan! =0)

    April 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Don Glenn

    You had a survey asking if you believe Barack Obama was born in this country or another. I wanted to see an option I would have selected, "Do you care if he was born in another country." With the problems in this country, who has time to worry about where he was born?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Cessy - Chicago

    that's right, AC..Kepping it honest....

    April 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Kay, Canada

    Anderson is doing a GREAT job with this interview!!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Emily

    @Sara Asif: "Howcome this legislation was not offered up before for other presidents?"

    Good question! There are also people that believe that there are UFO landing in Texas of all States...

    April 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Smith in Oregon

    Obviously President elect Obama was totally vetted and qualified prior to his being sworn in by US Supreme Court Jurist Roberts.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Kim- Ohio

    I doesn't sound like this guy really believes President Obama is a US citizen. Seriously people need to get over it.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  36. LisaL -Canada

    well, would that make it "retroactive" then for everyone who served in the past?

    it would be a real shocker if some historical well-known leader didn't have a birth certificate as proof (or worse yet, was not a legally born citizen).

    April 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. It's good to be here with all of you tonight. More birther controversy?? I don't get it. It's such a silly distraction from our serious problems that need our attention. What a very silly way to perpetuate more division.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think it is ridiculous that they are wasting everyone's time and money trying to prove something that is not true. It's a no wonder everyone is complaining about the country having no money, people are wasting our money on things like this

    April 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Cessy - Chicago

    Hello! Amazing AC360 staff and fans! A bit chilly here in Chicago..

    Hi Anderson 🙂

    where is all this news that President Obama not being an American coming from?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  40. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello, David, Isabel, Gabriela, Devin, Nichole, Megan, Emily, Dulcie, Dodie, Mike, A. Smith, Casey, Nancy, Kim, oAnn, N. Royalton, OH, everyone....

    I can't believe that the issue of Pres. Obama's Citizen status is an issue again.

    Give it up! Obama is a US citizen.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Emily

    Why would he lie about such a thing?!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Emily

    1 in 5 people don't believe that Obama was born in the US?

    there are all kinds out there!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Kim- Ohio

    Hi Anderson, 360 team, bloggers!!!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Sara Asif - Toronto, Canada

    Hello Anderson and the AC 360 Team,

    I don't think this is a good idea and seems like blatant disrespect to President Obama. Howcome this legislation was not offered up before for other presidents?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Emily

    What a sad story! ...from giving birth? ...looking forward to hearing how that happened.

    and maybe more ash coming... great stories tonight.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Smith in Oregon

    Good Evening Anderson Cooper, CNN Staff, Guests and fellow bloggers.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Emily

    Hello Anderson, 360Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Gabriela, Megan, starr, David & Isabel, Gloria, Casey, Helen, Cessy, Nancy, A.Smith, Nicole & Bloggers!

    What do you all think about Arizona passing a bill demanding presidential candidates produce a birth certificate?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Lisa Bloom, Megan, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Wednesday night!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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