November 29th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

The Birthers are Back: Join the Live Chat

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a case about President Obama's citizenship, but a Texas lawmaker isn't listening. He has a new bill based on birther doubts about where Mr. Obama was born. How does he reconcile his birther beliefs against the facts? We're keeping him honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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 (411 Responses)
  1. Sharon Hastings

    Poor John McCain. The maverick who is no longer a maverick is no longer making any sense with his conflicting statements. He has my respect for his service to our country but he should step aside on this issue and allow another generation to make this decision.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Dolly

    Re: Leo Berman...of Texas.....one thing I did not hear in your discussion with him was that I believe Obama's mother was born in Missouri? Would that not make Obama an automatic citizen if his mother was a U S Citizen? I believe the 'birthers' are merely racists who hate Obama and they are running out of bad things to find for someone who is trying so hard to help the less than fortunate of which I am one.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Randy in PA

    Great new format. Anderson, you are taking me back to the good old days of Mike Wallace and 60 minutes style interviewing. Keep up the great work and do keep them honest.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Diane L.

    I'm appalled that an elected state representative can so blatantly spew inaccurate information. Embarrassing to say the least.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Sen.McCain is starting to wear his flip flops out when it comes to DADT. I understand they have to have studies,,but they seemed to have been going on for a long time.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. john

    Leo Berman has a small heart in a land as big as TEXAS. Frankly I think he has a big issue with coulored man in the White House. Too bad, that is life.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Anne

    Which John McCain do you believe then or now?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  8. Victoria seeley

    I believe that if any child is born to an American citizen no matter where they are in the world, that the child is automatically a citizen of the United States.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Donna Pica

    Great job, Anderson. The Republicans can STILL not get over the fact that there is a competent, articulate man in the WH, unlike the last 2 terms. Berman is a fool!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  10. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    John McCain is very insensitive to gay issues. It is maddening

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Kim

    I meant to type where is "his" birth certificate? Sorry for the typo.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Eric Walker, Miami Fl

    When has Senator McCain had a firm position on any policy(ie tax cuts for the rich). All the years he has been in office the only bill that i can recall him anything to do with is finance reform which he is against today

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Yemi

    The birthers are just a bunch of lunatics who desperately crave attention. They ignore the facts because most of them cannot read or comprehend English.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Kathy

    Just watched your interview with Rep. Leo Berman. He is an embarrassment to the U.S Congress. I admire him for his military service to our country, but he is not serving this country well in congress. This country has far more serious issues that need to be addressed. Let go of the birth certificate challenge Mr. Berman!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  15. Nick Reems

    John McCain is losing his mind I think:)

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Ruth

    We the people, have never had a president that has kept his childhood and rearing so buried.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Chad

    And this guy makes decisions for thousands of people, thats tax payers money at work for you!
    There are bigger problems than this. The Tex is long over due for retierment. Thank you

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Alice

    New to this blog, but I'm a big fan of Anderson 360. I would not have had the patience that Anderson had to allow this extremely ill informed Berman to continue citing his non-facts. Thank's for exposing this guy and lets hope that the "minor media" doesn't quote him out of context to continue this birther madness.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Rob

    John McCain is a Flip Flop. I served in the military and the last thing i was worried about was someones sexual orientation. John McCain was an Officer with his own private bathroom. What does he know?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Glenn

    Anderson, your show is one of the few as the best source of news. Fox is facts based on opinion and MSNBC is opinion based on facts.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Larry

    Amazing that we have elected officials with such skewed positions... But then again, with a scary 27% of Americans unsure of our President's citizenship, one should not be surprised by the fact we put people like Berman into office.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Ernesto Sanchez

    now this is why this country is getting worse by the day instead of helping to get this country on its feet they want to ask questions on birth rights when they should be asking what can we do for our kids and our citizens on this hard times but they want to take and fill up their pockets and talk about racism.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Lori

    Thanks for the clarification on the title...

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Marilyn K Morgan

    Good evening,

    This ruckus about the birth certificate is just plain nonsense. I do extensive genealogy research & have obtained copies of many birth certificates. One of them is my mother's & it does not have an original signature, it is a stamp,just like on President Obama's, but that does not make it any less valid, just like it doesn't make Prsident Obama's any less valid.

    These people who keep raising this issue need to focus on the REAL problems this country is facing, because they are enormous, and these distractions do nothing towads fixing those problems.

    Keep up the great work Anderson,

    Fort Collins, Colorado

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  25. steve jay

    hi, about the birthers, they are so full of hot air.
    The president is as American as apple pie. Mccain for example was born in Panama.
    There is a birth certificate for Pres. Obama, with a seal. I noticed just now, on my son's birth certificate, from a hospital here in brookly, that it does not have our names on it either and that is an official certificate.
    I am a young 60 year old, i do not remember any other president undergoing the scrutiny president obama had to endure the past few years. in my opinion it is not nice to put it mildly, plus it just seems the birthers have a hidden agenda, a bias against him for some reason.
    just wanted to share that.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Krista

    More of question than comment, while these different organazations are suing the President questioning is legitamacy who is responsible for his legal fees? Are we the people footing the 1.something million or is he. If its us are the people who support these organaztions aware of the fact that their costing the people of the U.S all of this money?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Karen

    Birthers= AAAARRRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!!!!! That's all I can say.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Walter, Ville Platte LA.

    The factual informatoin that was presented by Mr. Anderson on tonight's show confirms my previous statement. Thank you.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  29. joe

    Leo Berman got crushed on ac360. This made my night. This funniest thing I have seen in a while.lol

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Billy Woolard

    I met Leo Berman over thirty years ago, He could not tell the truth back then.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Jill

    Good Evening Anderson,
    The feeling I have about the birthers is, that they can not get beyond the color of the president period. McCain was born in Panama would they be questioning if he was president?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Scott

    I can't believe that these birthers will just not let it go. I really believe that these people are just racists and they hide behind the birth certificate allegations to spread their hate. What a disgrace.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  33. Marie Wilson - Pottsville, PA

    Are you kidding me??? How many times does this have to come up already. He met the requirements, he is the POTUS, get over it already! Way to go Anderson for calling him out for not giving factual information. We all know the internet can be used to cut and paste things to person who is using it's benefit.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  34. Valerie

    If President Obama's mother is a US citizen, then her children are automatically also citizens regardless of where they were born.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  35. Mark Spera

    It's hard to believe people like Leo Berman actually serve in our government. I would love to give this guy an IQ test and see what he scores. No wonder our country is in such a mess. How many other complete dults like Leo Berman are sitting in our Congress?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Debra, Wa State

    Thank you Anderson for attempting to keep this guy honest. Sadly, the poor man is not capable of honesty due to his hatred for the president. Unbelievable this man bases facts on internet bloggers who are ignorant as he is!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Jen

    Thank you Anderson for sticking to the facts and not "rumors". It is most unfortunate that the US Senators have nothing better to do with their time than resurrecting issues long ago dealt with.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  38. Brad

    Great Job Anderson...Congressman Berman obviously has recieved his information from a bubble gum machine. Aside from serving his country he needs to get a book a do some reading.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Ruth

    Good job Anderson.
    I just wish that the good people of Texas were watching and wondering why they reelected someone who is dead set on wasting their tax dollars on something like this instead of working towards making their lives better.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  40. Kevin

    Bravo Anderson Cooper. I really enjoyed watching your interview. I hope Leo Berman has done much better for the State of Texas than this to deserve his tax-payer position.

    Long live The Mole 🙂

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  41. Maria

    I can't believe Mr Berman got elected is that the best he can do with his time, and we pay his salary!!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  42. Jo

    I don't think Mr. Berman should be given any more air time to spew his hate and false agenda. The fact that he served in the military should not be used to demand respect he no longer deserves from the public.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  43. Atticus

    Leo Berman appears to be somewhat dillusional:
    part the late Sen Joe McCarthy (R) Wis. and part Caine Mutiny.
    Anyone have the key to the strawberry jar..... ?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  44. Betty

    Maybe this guy needs to buy a ticket to Hawaii and have a look at the birth certif. Then he should come back to Texas, apoligize to our President, and then shut his mouth, once and for all.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  45. Joan

    As a Republican, I didn't even vote for President Obama. But, enough is enough about the whacko's who don't think that he is a citizen. Republicans and Democrats should be working together to fix the economy! What ever happened to all of those United We Stand t-shirts that were printed after 9/11?!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Sabine, Washington DC

    The ignorance of this Texan is just unbelievable! Thanks Anderson for insisting for answers and revealing this incredible spread of lies!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Lexie

    Seems to me that the Supreme Court is afraid of the truth and all you are influenced by main stream media to not do your own research and just believe CNN.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  48. cindy

    Thanks, Anderson, for attempting to address the elephant in the room with your question about the "real problem" that Leo Berman has with Obama...unfortunately, it's easier to just flat out deny what we all readily know about folks like Berman – bigotry is difficult to disguise.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  49. Jan Gubrud

    Anderson, I am so grateful that you are able to keep the truth out there for the public – I find it so difficult to even listen to the people who spread these false rumors about our President. I was not "proud" of President Bush but I did respect his office as USA President.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Ken

    It doesn't matter how much evidence you produce these people will never believe it. A lot of it is political, but most of it is racial. As long as they keep the topic warm for the next election, they will. It's all for votes.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
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