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. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree Smith in Oregon! Well, a few would jump on the bandwagon gladly, but then they too would be laughed out of the state!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Jane

    "Pandering to the lowest common denominator" Well said.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    There are so amazing ashes blow up/erupted out of lava!!!! Amazing picture!!! Excellent! 🙂

    April 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  4. James Carter

    He never answered the question. Yes it is okay to ask for the person running for president to provide documentation. I have had to do this for evey job I applied for, why shouldn't he?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  5. maria

    I cannot believe that people think so little of our govenrment that someone could be voted in without this basic information being known. Did Mr Ash proove his birthright when he ran for office?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Cynthia Christian

    Does the Senator normally vote on bills that he has not investigated? He does not seem to be well-informed about this issue. Senator, please do your research – you owe it to yourself and those you represent.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Emily

    If I were that mother, I would not want them to see me like that...
    I know that as a child, I would not want to see my mother like that, and knowing that she was there because she gave birth to me, or my brother or sister?! Good for the father, imo. (best interest of both in mind, must be so hard on him)

    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  8. Brendan, Toronto, Ontario Canada

    It is unfortunate that some people are so stupid not to believe that President Oboma is born in America. Why they (Reblicans) question the birth place of other formal presidents until now?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Monique

    So what is the big deal? All that needs to be done is to produce the birth certificate – issue clarified-end of story.
    Come on – the American public knows a snow job when they see it. Get real people.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Alex

    Honestly is this for real or is it just a prank? Hawaii had Already verified that Pres. Obama was born in the U.S. This stupidity reflects very poorly on America's so-called political leader

    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  11. bryan - nyc

    Hey anderson

    I think as an amendment to this bill, if you want to vote in arizona, you have to show up with your birth certificate, not a copy either, the actual one. Arizona is an embarrassment to this country.


    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  12. micheal q

    good evening , cooper anderson conducted a great interview with the az gentleman and left the AZ gentleman lost for words great job ac

    April 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  13. lloyd

    the man from AR. said it was up to the secretary of state and then he said it was his responsibility he talks out of both sides of his face

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

    Anyone who says this isn't about delegitimizing President Obama is either lying or very naive.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Laura - Tucson, AZ

    Thank you Anderson – I didn't even know that was going on and it's embarrassing that it's going on in my state. Especially right before a vote concerning a 3 year tax increase to help support education. It's nice to know where my current tax dollars are going.

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

    I can't believe this a topic of discussion. Are we really going to acknowledge this fringe topic?Which conspiracy theory is next?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Helen

    This is insane, and people wonder why things aren't getting done in Washington. They're wasting taxpayer time and money, get a grip people!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Maria Beebe

    Send the guy to Hawaii so he can see for himself!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  19. John

    I agree with Roland Martin's take on this...the birther group is stupid and they hate that our president is black. No person or group has ever asked this of other candidates in the past – they were all white. This is a case of racism and too many people are unwilling to admit it.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  20. Steve Mahoney

    It is hard to believe this remains an issue in year 2.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  21. Andres Delgado

    Roland is right. There are STUPID Americans. They are nice people but they are STUPID. We need to stop listening to them.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  22. Susan

    Roland is right. Americans are stupid! Just go to a public hospital or school and have an interview. Most can't even speak english. You want them to know where the president was born?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Les

    Just another example of uninformed people electing uninformed politicians resulting in rather dumb legislation. Unfortunately dumb, dumber and dumbest aren't only residents of Arizona.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  24. donna clauss

    Pres. Obama holds a US Passport. To obtain that initial passport he had to provide a certified birth certificate. The US Passport is the highest form of proof of citizenship and place of birth.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  25. Kemi

    This man Birther is an example of those Americans that make Americans look ignorant. It is a shame that in the year 2010 we still have American citizens that are still so poorly informed and educated like Birther.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Ellen

    The people of Arizona should be embarassed and ashamed to have elected a legislator such as the man you just interviewed. He did not answer any of your questions and just sounded stupid. Hopefully his comments and beliefs do not reflect the majority of the population of Arizona.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Cesar long beach ca

    I think president obamas election brought out the racial divide instead of quelling it. That's my opinion of the birthers

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Jane - Vt

    I've seen the birth certificate shown on TV and on the internet, plus there was a birth announcement in a newspaper in Hawaii. Did his mom have the birth published in the newspaper because she was plotting to have her son grow up and be president?

    April 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Linda

    Roland has it right, there are a lot of stupid Americans who believe anything...or want to believe anything adverse about President Barack Obama in particular!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  30. Angela

    This is all about race and nothing else. Maybe all politicians on all levels should have to submit their birth certificate. I am certain that everybody aren't born in the U.S.A. like my president.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Smith in Oregon

    Yes Roland is right along with Gibbs, this issue shouldn't deviate Democratic lawmakers attention from the many critical issues that are needing their attention on behalf of all Americans.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Joyce in Ky.

    How much money is being wasted by these jokers? Where are the brains of the American people..why do so many buy into all the lies and smears??

    April 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Bryan Linnehan

    I One hundred percent agree with this policy. IF You are a citizen, than what is the problem with producing the necessary documents.

    Bryan linnehan
    boston ma

    April 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Myrna

    Your interview about the birthers did my heart good–that kind of reality-based confrontation is almost always missing today when these people spew this silliness.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Andrea Sachs

    I agree with Roland, this is a waste of time. What a mess President Obama inherited and this must not only be a complete pain for the president but I am so sick of the nit picking myself. People are stupid and petty.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Ray

    As a registered Republican this is getting embarassing. Rather than tell their ignorant constituents to get over this birthing issue the Republicans of Arizona are pandering to it. Get over this and let's get on with the business of running the country.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Bryan

    The facts are NOT clear, hence the law. This has nothing to do with Barack. This fixes the question in the future. Get over yourselves!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Amber in Las Vegas

    What a waste of our tax payer money to have bills like this in a state or our national congress. He is our elected President and he deserves our respect.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Casey - Minneapolis

    It's ridiculous that we even have to still have this conversation, let alone entertain legislation about it!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Marcel Favetta

    Arizona State Dems should take it to the next level. Require candidates in Arizona at ALL levels of government prove their citizenship...John McCain, who was born in Panama, need not apply!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Maarten W

    Anderson said it all. They are just pandering to some crazies out there. The sponsors of this bill don't really believe in it themselves but it is a way to "rile up the base" without realy having to state whether or not they believe the President is a citizen. They are trying to play it both ways, pure politcs.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  42. tanya

    This is ridiculous... 'I didn't personally investigate it' – then why is he supporting and focusing on this

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  43. David

    It's too bad it took a ridiculous "birther" bill to try and set these bogus claims straight. Thanks Anderson for asking tough questions and calling this bill exactly what it is- a pandering to misinformed citizens which propagates fear and distrust while detracting from real issues.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  44. Nancy in Oregon

    I don't think it will clear it up, Andrew. It isn't designed to do that at all....when someone has a huge hate or dislike of someone, they reach for any number of straws.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Daniel in Silicon Valley

    Did anyone else listen to the guest from AZ? Why would he say that he had endorsed this bill to appease his constituents...then a few moments later said that he had not received calls about this bill until afterwards? If you're going to tap dance around an issue, at least be suave at dancing.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Naomi

    He didnt question citizenship when Bush, Clinton, Bush Sr. were president, I bet even if Mccain had been president, he wouldnt have had any concern.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  47. Tom

    This is simple people, to be president you have to be natural born. the bill does just what the man said...this is for future presidential races, not Obama Just like you have to show a social security card for a job, you have to prove things BEFORE you get hired, why should it be different for the president?????

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Carl Kleis

    Is where he was born the only defiining factor? Does not the fact that Obama's mother was US citizen make himso facto a citizent quite independent of where she was at the time he was born? If being born IN THE US is a condition of nativer america, then , then John McCain is not a citizen..

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Jennifer Poston

    I am so sick of hearing about Obama's birth certificate . Do these people not realize that presidential candidates are vetted. Some people need to get some common sense.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  50. john

    That congressman never get factual.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
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