Arizona Senate Passes Another Birther Bill

Presidential candidates can use circumcision certificate as proof of birth.

Posted: 04/14/2011 11:15 AM EDT
Filed Under Barack Obama



When Republicans set their sights on an issue, they sure can hold onto it like a dog with a bone, no matter how ridiculous its premise might be.

The Arizona State Senate passed legislation on Wednesday that would require presidential candidates to show proof of U.S. citizenship before they can be included on state ballots. The bill is now on its way to the state’s House chamber, which passed a similar bill last year. Candidates also have the option of providing two alternative documents, such as baptismal or circumcision certificate, hospital birth record or postpartum record for the mother.

Rep. Carl Seel, the bill’s sponsor and clearly under the influence of Donald Trump, said that the billionaire gave the bill a “thumbs up.”

Arizona Democrats are saying that the bill exceeds the state’s authority and it would be rejected by the courts. Senate President Russell Pearce, however, says the state has an obligation to pass it.

“Verification is not only legitimate, it’s appropriate,” he told reporters.

Who is he kidding? As Democratic State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema told Arizona’s 3TV, “This is designed specifically to challenge [President Obama's] ability to run for re-election. Frankly, I think they’d be better served by just surfacing a good candidate to run against him."