The debate rages on regarding President Barack Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of Commander-in-Chief.
Yesterday, Arizona’s secretary of state said he had asked officials in Hawaii to verify that Barack Obama was born in their state in order for the president’s name to appear on the state’s ballot this November.
Ken Bennett, who is Mitt Romney‘s campaign co-chairman in Arizona, said he issued the request on behalf of a constituent.
Earlier this year, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that his own investigation had found that Obama’s birth certificate was a fraud.
Within recent days, more evidence has begun to mount, starting with a blockbuster revelation from news site Breitbart.com, which found a 1991 promotional brochure for Obama stating that he was Kenyan born.
Bennett says he’s just trying to confirm that Obama’s name can appear on Arizona’s presidential ballot.
Still, Bennett says he doesn’t necessarily buy the “birther” movement’s beliefs.
“First, I have been on the record since 2009 that I believe the president was born in Hawaii. I am not a ‘birther,’” he said in a prepared statement.
“At the request of a constituent, I asked the state of Hawaii for a for a verification in lieu of certified copy. We’re merely asking them to officially confirm they have the president’s birth certificate in their possession and are awaiting their response,” he said.
The White House has denied repeated claims that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
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