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. alice

    Super interview Anderson. I felt such dismay, how can someone be so ignorant? I agree, it is inflammatory and irresponsible. Sad!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Beth

    Isn't the fact that his mother was a U.S. citizen relevant?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  3. roderick nelson

    birthers the Arizona lawmaker is a hypocrite i am sorry for us with guys like this god help us

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Lamar

    I agree with Anderson, there was 'no concern' when Bush, Clinton were President. The congressman from AZ trace his family's roots and I'm sure he's not American.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. eric

    The office of the president should have more respect than this. What a shame Republicans.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Matt

    It's kind of late to ask, he's already a year into his term. All of a sudden this is an issue, why? Hate to pull the race card but they're going to do everything in their power to make his presidency as difficult as possible, simply because he's black. Just ask yourselves, where the heck were the past presidents born, don't know right? Never mattered before.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Deb House

    This is a big waste of time! The republicans are trying to uncover every stone they can about this president. This is playing to all the nut cases out there that will listen and believe this hog wash. Enough is enough!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    Yes. Clearly it is racist. Most of what it going on in DC is not about the issues or even the 'politics'. It is about racism and fear. Fear that 'they' will take over.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. molly

    that he could not accurately say, or even guess, the birthplaces of presidents bush or clinton crystalizes the ignorance and illegitimacy at the core of the birthers' "movement".

    it just shows how race is undeniably the catalyst for any questions of heritage to arise, and thus a racist –– or racially propagated –– movement.


    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Tim – We can only hope . . . but experience has shown that these kind of people have a staying power that defies reason.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Tim Woolsey Sr

    Your last guest said it was not about Obama. But it is about the next presidential election. Well, who will run as a Dem in 2012? Unless, something terrible happens it will be Obama. Why did you not call him out on this?


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

    Anderson, more interviews like this! Someone has to stand up to those who are crazy. Keep the search for truth

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Joanne

    there is a big difference between birth cert. and certification of birth. Birth Certificate shows actual birth where as the certification of birth only attest to a live birth. Cert. of birth wasn't good enough for my military son to be married in Panama, he had to have a raised seal copy of the Birth Certificate.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Dean Mardis

    If the birther people are all wrong about Obama's place of birth he can end all the controversy by simply showing his birth certificate. If you'd like to see mine, just ask. I'll be happy to show it to you. If he doesn't have a birth certificate ask his grandma in Kenya. She'll straighten this all out.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  15. starr, formerly known as vincent

    It doesn't matter so much where he was born....as his mother was a US citizen, thus he is one too.

    My sister was born in Hawaii when it was still a territrory. At the age of 21 (providing that Hawaii was still a separate country), she would had the right to dual citizenship. Hawaian & American.

    This is a nutty issue. The President is American!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Joseph Locke in Fort Luaderdale, Florida

    Do the legislators in Arizona not have any more important issues to focus on than whether the president's birth certificate is valid. It is this kind of nonsense that causes Americans to lose faith in government.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  17. David

    Clearly an attempt to tap into the tea party temper...Constitution already ensures our president is a US citizen, no need for Arizona to pass a law which essentially does nothing.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Derek

    This is all political. These people on the "Right" are trumping up Race prior to mid-term elections.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Sondra ,

    Since being a natural born citizen is required, shoouldn't all of this been verified by Congress (?) when he announced he was running for POTUS or at the latest when he got the Democratic nomination?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Pam

    This birth certificate issue is crazy! Who is this guy and how did he get elected? I'm stunned at people these days and certainly glad I don't live in Arizona. Maybe the air is bad there....

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Debbie

    I am a registered Republican and I continue to be very disgusted and embarrassed by the attitudes of Republicans like Cecil Ash!! The" Birther" bills are a joke!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Kevin

    How in the world did this guy get elected to office? If this guy is a "representative of the people" in Arizona...what an embarrassment to the United States.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Stacy

    P.S you nailed that representative! Great job!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Rodrigo Biscaia

    Nice work, Anderson.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Mary Bawden

    Thank you, thank you...for standing up to Rep Ash and getting it on video.

    Does Az. have extra $money to waste on this kind of "crap". Thank you

    for letting this pandering Rep. Ash just look like a fool.

    I ♥ AC360

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Jessica

    Thanks AC et al. for pushing government interviewee on whether he has been working off of facts or assumptions, inferences, and opinions. Also, inquiry re. history of whether birther inquiry arose– effective... as was querying re. roles of govt leaders. Request: a reminder that the numbers of protesters @ a number of the "tea party rallies" = low... (while frustration with economy/status quo= high).

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Jay

    I need 6 forms of ID to get a driver license in nj. I don't see a problem with a candidate having to prove he is a citizen. The guy from Arizona could have better explained that the bill was not to look at Obama's birth certificate but to make sure that in the future there is proof.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Ron from Wisconsin

    Where was John McCain born?

    If he wasn't born in the US, then isn't he not a natural born citizen?

    Should a person who isn't qualified for the office be kept off the ballot so that people don't waste a vote for a person who can't assume office?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Maddie

    Thanks Anderson for asking questions that everyone needs to hear the answer too.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Deena


    Thank you, thank you, for call him on this. It's such cynical playing to the lowest common denominator.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Nancy in Oregon

    Divided loyalties...that is exactly what they are trying to suggest, that plus that he isn't 'American' ....it is playing to the nuts for sure. Roland is right.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  32. martha

    The fact that Obamba is not American is so far fetched that it is not funny!!! It is purely based on race and political party. Thats all!!! No one questioned Bush and why is that?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Melanie

    His concern is ridiculously misplaced and the reasons behind it are shameful for someone of his position.

    I'd like to see his birth certificate. And unless he flies it out to me personally, I won't believe it either.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    good evening all – this birther business is nonsense. i think nothing the president says or does will please these people. they will use everything they can to undermine him and make sure the president is not re-elected.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Tiffany West Des Moines Iowa

    How can any Republican that voted for this talk about "wasting money" with a straight face?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Dawn T.-Pittsburgh

    What an interview with the representative! Great job, Anderson! Loved it! Makes me regret not pursuing a career in journalism:-)

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Don

    Some people can be so mean and wasteful. The birthers are not U.S. Citizens because I say there not. I think this is some kind of conspiracy from enemies abroad. Why not say that, it sounds reasonable. Good Luck with that.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Greg

    Craziness! I hope republican voters realize how silly this bill is. How insulting to our intelligence orginizations. Are Americans that gullible.
    Say hello to Santa Clause.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Tiffany

    Anderson, thanks for the tough line of questioning during your interview with the representative from Arizona. You made the hyprocracy of his position plain for all to see.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Richard Baldwin

    Will Pres. Obama be required to produce his birth certificate to the State of Arizona when he runs in 2012?


    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Vig

    Was anyone either on the left or the right in attendance at Obama's birth? No. The only person who really knows where he was born is his mother. So the argument is really moot. So both sides should keep their mouths shut.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Joe

    President Obama was born in the US. I'm surprised that the Right hasn't questioned the validity of the Statehood of Hawaii in 1959.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Gina

    Cecil Ash never answered your question. He avoided accountability to his own constiuants with rhetoric. Clearly he has no desire to present the facts. He is a professional panderer! I appreciate you Keeping him honest. No the moon isn't made of cheese!!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Tom

    How can a controversy exist if the issue under question has been absolved because of proven facts? Cecil Ash is either not very intelligent or he, like many right wing politicians, simply pander to the extreme right.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Brian R (Canada)

    Only in the USA! Whether racist or not according to some State legislator, it sounds racist to those of us outside the country.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Sue R --Canton,Mi

    Good evening,

    If there's a certificate of Live Birth showing that Pres. Obama was born in the USA,,why is it that so many people still doubt it.? He had to of been checked out while he was running for office. I hear this all the time ,,that he's not an American. We have so many issues that need to be dealt with in our country.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Christie Greenfield

    The lies and misinformation spread on the internet since the beginning of President Obama's run for office are unprecedented. It encourages ignorance and hate, and it is shameful politics. Good job Anderson! You ask the tough questions and force the ignorance out in the open...

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Smith in Oregon

    I agree with Roland, its a symbol of racism and a persistant chant by the Republican Tea Party of bemeaning President Obama as being born in Kenya and running an elitist gangsta government.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Estella

    Hello AC- great interview. it really exposes the fact that republicans don"t even know their own constitution. Nobody can become the president of the United States without being a US citizen.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Yana

    No problem, don't see why its a big deal. If its required and they are born in US, what's the problem showing the birth certificate?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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