April 15th, 2011
11:54 PM ET

Lawmaker explains AZ 'birther' bill

Editor's note: CNN's John King speaks with Arizona GOP state lawmaker Carl Seel about a controversial bill Seel drafted.

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Related: Arizona House OKs bill to make presidential hopefuls prove citizenship

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  1. rose

    I think the republicans should focus more on funding for education and passing bills on our children's education rather then focussing on some B.S. topics like Obama's birth certificate. And if Donald Trump has so much money...I think he should spend his money in the public schools instead of wasting his money in investigating on Obama's birth place.

    April 17, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  2. Dalton

    What exactly is the problem you have regarding a simple request to see a copy of Obamas original birth certificate?
    You make statements of "fact" without truth. The State of Hawaii does in fact issue copies of the actual birth certificate and NOT just a certification of live birth. Somehow you think it's outrageous to think that some politically motivated bureaucrat may gladly "certify" a live birth which does NOT provide information as to the doctor's name, the hospital or anything that typically is on an actual birth certificate, and you attack anyone who asks simple questions but don't consider for a moment that IF OBAMA had just requested a copy of his birth certificate from the State, he could have obtained it, shown it, and all of this would never be an issue. Instead, you just attack people for simply wanting to see it. You're either a mind-numb robot who will do anything to protect "your man" or stupid, or both. How about pressing for one simple thing so you don't have to keep trying to battle people to beleving YOUR BS.. just press for the president to show a copy of his Birth CERTIFICATE and put it to rest???? Why do you keep trying to convince people of something you have no knowledge of? You just accept the crap passed down to you and go after people like the pit bull. You don't boost your intellectual integrity with your posture.

    April 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  3. Dan Janis

    What a waste of time to cover the birther kooks who provide misinformation, not facts. Why do you not confront these people rather than provide them a forum? How about a change of pace; let's hear from some "Flat Earth Society" members or UFO abductees.

    April 16, 2011 at 2:54 am |
  4. les trace

    as a canadian researching the issue of Barrack Obama's hereditary background, the overwhelming evidence is that he is not a natural born citizen as per your Constitution... what is rarely mentioned is that his father was not an american citizen but a subject of the british colonies as he was from Kenya.... this alone disquaifies poor Barrack (barry) from the office he currently holds... why does all the media seem to have blinders on when it comes to this issue ?

    April 16, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  5. Denise Greene

    Thank you for making the point of would we as a country be having this conversation if the President was not Black. My daughter has a certificate of live birth which we received as her birth certificate at the time of her birth. Does this mean she is not a true United States citizen. Lets talk about medicaid, medicare, social security, and education.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  6. Shirley Gleason

    I have a short form of Certificate of Live Birth, was born at home. In TN, If certain people are going to stop taking the short forms of the our birth certificates' as a legal form where will it leave all of us that only have "Certificate of Live Birth"

    Someone needs to tell Mr. Trump not all of us had the luxury of being born in hospitals to have a long form issued by a Doctor on Staff.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  7. Judith Bertonneau

    I find it interesting that the apparent difference between what the Arizona bill requires and what the Hawaii Certificate of Live Birth contains is the hospital and the doctor who deliverd the baby. Does that mean the any baby who is delivered outside a hospital with no doctor involved is not considered a "natural born citizen"? Despite what some rather ignorant people may belive, there are a significant number of babies born in this country, to parents who are both US citizens, in situations involving neither a hosptial or doctor.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  8. Rick

    Does this mean nobody born in Hawaii can run for President since they don't use this long form birth certificate? And does ANYBODY really know where they are born?!! They actually only know what is told to them? They ought to create a birth certificate of Donald J. Trump being born in Hawaii....and then tell it doesn't "really mean anything"... Jeez...

    April 16, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  9. rachel

    What a waste of time, children arguing about birth certificate/certificate of live birth. Why doesn't Donald Trumpe use his money to help solve the worlds problem. And get this goofball Carl Seel off air. Maybe Donald Trump should investigate whether or not Seel was born with those Dumbo ears.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  10. Brian Reaver

    OMG!!! I thought this issue was over months ago! What is WRONG with you right-wing people?! Should we now start questioning every newspapers' archives in the country?! Get a LIFE?!

    April 16, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  11. Waldo

    John McCain provided certified documents about his naturalization because he was NOT born in the US- he was born in Panama and in fact, there was a question about whether or not he was qualified to run for president. A fact that is being forgotten.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  12. Jay

    So ,what's the "birther movement" comotion all about? I wish you could spend that much attention on making a real difference in something legitimately worthwhile. It's amazing to see so much enthhusiasm towards an "idea",now you just have to focus on the benefits of the future of everyone ,not just the few ...

    April 16, 2011 at 1:11 am |