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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1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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soundoff (535 Responses)
  1. Lori, S. California, USA!

    Unfortunately anything can be forged and photoshopped. It is hard to believe what you see on the internet.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Sylvia Miller

    Thank you Anderson for a forthright, open interview that questions Cecil Ash on the validity of his information.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  3. John

    Excellent interview Anderson... I wish all political interviews were that direct, and held politicians accountable for the craziness they participate in! Clearly the politician from AZ had no leg to stand on for this issue.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Melanie Deziel

    It is amazing to me that the people we rely on to be our leaders can be so incredibly misinformed and so easily swayed by ridiculous rumors.

    The true reason behind the issue is sad an pathetic and, without a doubt, a waste of our time and money in a time when both are valuable.

    The money might be better spent sending him to the moon so see about that cheese.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Liz

    Just clear it up already, if there is nothing to hide, then there is no issue.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Mona-Lisa

    Interesting how this issue of place of birth never came up with the previous 43 presidents....golly gee....I wonder whats different this time around?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Mark

    Your Guest, the GOP Representative shows how partisan some Republicans are getting. What a lack of leadership from them. What a waste of taxpayer time and money. Its pretty outrageous.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Fred

    Glad to know not all idiots are not in Texas, thanks AZ

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Adrian McCann

    First of all, I'd like to say that you did a great job Anderson on pressing him where it counts.
    Second, I would like to say how unpatriotic some citizens are being. Obama was born in the United States. He wouldn't be President of the United States if he wasn't American. The fact that he is the acting President is more than enough proof he was born here and the 'Birthers' are just being radical.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Kathleen

    Thank you Anderson for keeping them honest. Sen.Ash is talking out of both sides of his mouth. And this is all about President Obama's citizenship!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  11. cassandra

    Sounds like this guy's encouraging racism and ignorance. hooray for our democratically elected congressman and their ever so enchanting misguidedness.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Derek

    Anderson, great interview!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Tim - San Diego, Cali

    HAHA you destroyed that guys brain so hardcore in that interview he might actually realize hes an idiot and quit

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Jane - Vt

    Good Evening everyone.

    Keeping them honest Anderson. I love it.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  15. david cousin

    You didnt ask him about john mccain
    he was born in Panama!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  16. BettyK

    Way to go Anderson. You showed this so called "leader" from Arizona for the absolute idiot that he is. This birth certificate business has gone too far. In fact the witch hunt of this President has gone too far.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Dave

    Who actually is responsible for verifying that a candidate who is running for POTUS is eligible as per the qualifications outlined in The Constitution?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Vincent

    Anderson – thank you! So glad you stood up and demonstrated the stupidity of this bill. So tired of the electorate pandering to the ignorance of this nation. Enough is enough!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Pamela

    Great job, Anderson! He didn't offer a single, credible reason for supporting this legislation.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Pamela Brown

    Thank you for holding the state rep's feet to the fire, Anderson. This was incredibly painful to watch how slippery this guy is. I want you to know that your questioning made it clear that the motivation behind the birthing legislation has to do with Obama. I'm so grateful you pushed.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Abdoul

    Nice interview. Keep them honest and sweating!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Ron

    Great job Anderson it is a shame that so called main stream media has to remind our elected leadeers were hired to do and that is lead and not follow the misinformed down the path to obscurity

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  23. IL Susan

    I might believe these same "birthers" if they wanted to argue that Hawaii was illegally annexed by the US. Otherwise, send these people back to school – and revoke their citizenship for being so stupid!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Stephen

    I don't think that he doesn't believe that Obama is a US citizen. I think that it is easier for him to seem vague on the issue and keep the confidence of the birthers while also not completely seeming like a crazy person.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Casey - Minneapolis

    Great job, Anderson. These people need to be called out for their ridiculousness. That's the best interview I've seen in a long time!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Dave

    Hard to keep a straight face. Anderson did a better job than me.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Patricia

    If he's president then he must have been born in America! People with much higher security clearances have already looked into this.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  28. michael

    its all about the origin of our president like how it has always been...

    i think theres too much change going on!!!

    anbd i voted for him!!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Stan, Canada

    I just watched the state official from Arizona... Just reinforces my belief that republicans have always pandered to the misinformed electorate to get in power and do what they want when in. Keeping the ignorant and misinformed controlled through misinformation campaigns is what politics from the right has come to.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Sanjay S


    This is one time I believe you did a great job nailing Cecil. I loved it.
    go for it.


    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Rob Gage

    Obviously, the move is partisan. Still, whether you agreed with the Az Rep or not, your relentless badgering was over the top.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  32. Smith in Oregon

    Yes there is also the birth announcement in the Hawaii newspaper of Obama in regards to additional 'proof'.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  33. Paul from Canada

    Are these people out of their minds? Do they actually believe all the crap out there on the internet. Are Americans that partisan?

    I am watching this from across the border in amazement.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  34. Preston

    Way to play hardball Anderson!!!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  35. Shri Sadasivan

    This is the republican who believes in smaller government , now wants a bill to clear a controversy!!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good job interview!!!!! Go get him, Anderson! Nice!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  37. brian in Chicago

    GO....Anderson...nice to see u being tough with this birther's ridiculous lying!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  38. Lindy

    It is a good thing I moved from Arizona! I cannot believe the inane leadership eschewing from the desert landscape. Sad.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  39. Valerie NYC

    This Arizona State Representative should be sued!!! I don´t know. Someone, do something to stop him! This is driving me crazy. To think that so many uneducated, ignorant Americans will believe what he is saying is daunting!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  40. Nancy in Oregon

    It's so interesting to me how cagey the Obama detractors (or haters) are trying to be...looking for 'rational' ways to create distrust. It's shocking to me at first....then I remember how hateful human nature can be.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  41. ChuckWaters

    Sadly, here is a supposed leader in the country playing politics.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  42. Enrique

    Way to go Coop.... I know CNN wants to remain impartial politically – that's why I watch it to begin with – but I'm glad you guys are finally coming down a little harder on the nonsense.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  43. Roy

    I am not an American citizen and I know Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas. The lawmaker being interviewed should be thrown out of office, he's not a true representative of the American people.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  44. DianaHunter

    I am from Arizona and find this whole thing DEEPLY embarassing. Between this and immigration "legislation", it seems our legislators here will do anything to avoid the financial crisis affecting the state.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Emily


    "This bill isn't racist, just dumb."

    Very Dumb Indeed!!! (& disapppointing).

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Brandon Keating Sr

    He completely dodged the facts and completely pandered to the ignorant.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  47. christine

    i have to sure my REAL birth certificate when it is required and he should show his. my opinion he was born elsewhere but there are more important things to worry about like the stolen tax bailout money he took and gave to the bankers. yes he did it for the people.

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

    The President was "born in the USA!"

    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  49. Miranda Huntington Beach CA

    good evening i was watching the sound of music and switched to hear insane people believing the president is not from America this is just plain wrong and to me is an attempt to get him out of office because presidents by law have to be born here...


    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  50. Rui Rocheta

    Absolutely brilliant interview tonight with the state representative! It showed the utter lack of substance in the bill and it's real motivations.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
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