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.

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  1. carol

    i see nothing wrong with having to show a birth certificate to run for president. think about it there are many things you have to show your birth certificate for. why not have to for the highest office in the land. if you have noething to hide why not.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Larry

    Obama has himself to blame. You want to dispel Internet rumors, so you release the birth certificate on the Internet? Does that make any sense?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  3. javier

    its a real shame that republicans dont nothing better to do than beat a dead horse what are they getting paid for . are they ever going to do something for this country.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  4. mark

    I agree with Anderson, the leaders need to lead instead of pandering to the wing nuts. I think it's time the Republicans, need to finally accept that
    Pres. Obama was elected by the majority.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  5. joy

    Anderson, you made me stand up and cheer tonight. Your rational approach just made so much sense and you did not back down. I applaud you for your courage and believe it is time to start calling these ridiculous notions. I am so tired of the ugly hate coming from way too many of our leaders and fellow citizens. It is so counter-productive.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Julia

    Anderson, Iove the toughness. It's really sad that the racism in the US isn't over.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Cessy - Chicago

    okay so let's say it turns out that the President is not a US citizen...now what???

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Carolyn

    That congressperson never once acknowledged ANY responsibility to correct misinformation. He is CLEARLY pandering to the birther element in his state.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Nancy in Oregon

    That's exactly right....birth certificates differ hugely. This feeds into such ridiculous racism.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  10. Brian

    Thank you Anderson for expecting someone, who is supposed to be an elected leader, to show some common sense. If he is re-elected, its a shame!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Jay

    remember this is the same state that says if you don't look american you will be stopped and taking to jail if you don't have a passport or some documentation on you, and now this. they need to be stop before it get worse

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Laurelee

    I don't see the big deal with the Arizona legislation, President Obama is President and that is not being challenged by this bill. Ignore it .

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

    Roland Martin is right...these people are stupid. Worst of all they are cowards, complete cowards.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Annie

    I can't believe that he didn't understand the racist quality to this whole debate. Thank you Anderson for trying to get him to understand that!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Keith

    Obama's grandmother said she was present at his birth in Kenya. Doesn't that raise red flags? I think there are serious doubs here. Why did Obama hire lawyers to avoid releasing his documents so long? Its all about truth, something Obama has a problem with.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Sam

    Great interview it could have been even harder he couldn't answer any of Anderson's quetions
    why isn't he spending solving real problems in AZ?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Valerie NYC

    Well done Anderson. Great interview with Mr. I don´t-believe-anything-unless-it-comes-from-Arizona representative. Don´t let these guys wander too far!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    2012 is coming up and this will be an issue .

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Suzanne

    Good job Anderson ...Why is this issue being raised? I tihnk we all know. I called MY Senators Office today (Claire McCaskill) and received immediate answers to my questions. They even did some research and called me back. So to be asked by constituents and not provide answers is ludicrous.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    I love Roland Martin and his style. He just says it like it is.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Eddie Towles

    Bither is a hypocryte double standards for this Black President. This is totally about race . The Republicans that voted for this are a disgrace to the American People.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Fay-CA

    Birthers don't care about actual facts. Their agenda and vendetta against the President is clear. Anderson did a great job of pointing out the foolishness of the entire issue with the last guest.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Jay

    My question is this: What would Obama have to do to prove to these people he was born in the U.S.A.? I was born in N.C., and the only proof I can get is a certified copy. Why is he expected to offer more?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Erika

    The discussion that is brewing about President Obama's origin MUST stop. This is a form of harassment. If our president wasn't black, there wouldn't be this type of political slander.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Patrick C.

    Wow, this is why the general public does not trust politicians.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Nancy Moon

    From what I understand, the HI short form - before 1960 - birth certificate only requires that a family member say that a relative was born in HI. So anyone can say anything. If this is true, then this is not proof.

    There's no physician's name nor name of hospital where birth took place.

    The long form requires physician's name and/or name of hospital.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  27. joe from PA

    There never did this to Bush or Clinton. What a waste money

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Dennis v.

    Hawaii has two major newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin. BOTH newspapers include birth announcements, and BOTH newspapers record the August 4, 1961 birth of Barack Obama.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Adi

    This is ridiculous. If they have too much time then they should fire people and save some taxpayer money. Passing such stupid laws is nothing more than pandering to racists.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  30. trevor bryant

    Kudos to you Anderson for not stepping down to the level the Arizona Congressman sitting across from you. The Senator is an embarrassment to the good state of Arizona and intelligent people everywhere.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Eric

    It's apparent that racism was just swept under the rug until President Obama. What we see now is the fact that racism in America is very much alive, and the Republican Party is once again showing their ignorance!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Wendy

    Crazy..no constituents called but he is compelled to address it.may
    be he should so the work of the people paying him

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  33. DaveInJax

    What's up with that part of "our" country? Though I'm an easterner...I've had hopes of moving back to Houston (TX)...But I'm begining to wonder where we're going as a country??

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  34. Ryan

    That State legislator from AZ was ridiculous!! AC tore him up! This guy didnt know where GW was born? Why wasnt this an issue then? or Bill Clinton or anyone other President? Its ALL about race! Additionally, when a "candidate" runs for office, the fill out an application, they go through background checks via the FBI, the Election Board vets all these candidates! All of this is totally a joke and a waste of time.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  35. Rodrigo Biscaia

    Come on ! What a waste of time and money. This guy should loose his citizenship. Non sense at all.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  36. Andrew Ribeiro


    There is no harm in this provision. The legislator has a point, this will clear up the controversy and will prevent any future doubts of this nature. Why has this become such a big deal in the media?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  37. Jonathan

    One of the best interviews I have seen. Finally, no fluff. This is what we need from journalists. Anderson, you have now have one more big fan. Thank you.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  38. Raymond Leblanc

    You would think that with all the requirements one would need to hold such a position such a question would have been ask and answer say around the time he became senator and if not that maybe by the time he ran it would definitely be answer. This is beyond ridiculous.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Laurel

    Ask these birthers what their birth certificate would look like if they had to prove their citizenship? I submit it would look very much like Obama's.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  40. david cousin

    you should have asked him how much senate time and money was spent on this legislation and on the other side of the coin how much time the senate has spent on legislation to create jobs and fight crime!

    this is a total waste of time and money!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  41. paul V

    Thank you Anderson for being the voice of reason. You made Cecil Ash look like an idiot which he is. What an ashen face....

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Chris

    I am scared very scared. Are there really that many morons in America? No wonder we are falling behind in education and every other category across the globe.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Cameron

    I think that if Obama is a legal citizen he has nothing to worry about. It seems you are trying to say because you read on the "internet" by which you get your "digital" copy of a birth certificate.

    There is no reason to believe or not believe him. If he is, he or any of our future presidents should have no problem proving his citizenship.

    It has nothing to do with trust, it has to do with honesty.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  44. Ronald

    This is the reason nothing get done because we continue to bring up things that have already being proven. This has never came up before!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Todd

    Nice job Anderson. Your line of questioning proved all this man was doing was posturing as a Republican to his base.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  46. nancy

    you put him on the hot seat, and he squirmed like a worm.

    I cannot believe this controversy over the birth certificate is still going on. i am so ashamed of the people in this country.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Maddie

    They stick to the talking point truth or not as it works with their base to divide people and they have nothing constructive to offer!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Samuel Dubique

    So what he was not born here in USA? Do we all remember the history of this country?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Debbi

    Why has Obama had such a hard time publishing this? Why should we trust him..put it out there.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Manoj

    I have only one question..When anybody files for becoming president of USA,isn't there a body which verifies all the documents. If that body has approved it, why people are asking at this time this certificate.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
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