Mo. Republican Lawmakers “Want Born in the USA” Proof

Natalia Allen, KMOX Capitol Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX)  – President Barack Obama would have provide proof of his birth in the United States to the satisfaction of Missouri state officials if Republican lawmakers get their way.

The House passed and sent the Senate a bill that would require United States Presidential candidates to prove that he or she is a natural-born citizen of the United States before his or her name can appear on the Missouri ballot.  Additionally, the candidates’ information would be kept and maintained by the Missouri Secretary of State and would be considered public information.

Bill sponsor Rep. Lyle Rowland, R-Taney, said “This bill isn’t about any one particular person.  It is about the process of justifying the qualifications of the President and Vice President of the United States with our Secretary of State.”

Although the birther debates were prompted by conservative doubt about Obama’s natural-born citizenship and the legitimacy of his Hawaiian birth certificate, House Republicans never mentioned Obama’s name during the Missouri House debate.

Rowland said, “This will give our voters proof positive that they meet the qualifications set forth by the Constitution of the United States.”

Several Democratic lawmakers charged that the bill specifically targeted Obama.

“This conversation never came up until our President is named Barack Hussein Obama.  And now all of a sudden because he does not have a name like you’re used to, like the name of a president you have heard in the past, this is a huge problem,” said Rep. Sylvester Taylor-D, St. Louis.

Democratic Floor Leader Rep. Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City, said the Missouri General Assembly should be focusing on other important issues such economic and education policy rather than the birther debates.

Link: HB1046

  • Chilidog

    As I read the text of the bill, the republicans want to see the complete, “long form” version of the candidates birth certificate. The state of Missouri only issues the “short form. This means that no one from Missouri can run for President. . . Wait, maybe that’s a good thing. . . .

    • Rachel123

      Actually if you request copies of your birth certificate, they provide you with one long form certified copy, and then the rest are typewritten COLBs. The long form copy is intended to be maintained for your record.

      Anybody can run for POTUS as long as they meet three requirements:
      1. Be at least 35 years of age
      2. Have been a resident for a minimum of 14 years
      3. Be a natural born citizen of the United States

  • Dr. Waite

    According to some Missouri Democrats persons who have an odd name and who are 1/2 black should not be charged with a crime?

    • Diane

      It is the typical Alinsky response…dismiss, marginalize, accuse of racism but never address the fact that Americans have around 30 reasons to wonder if Barrack Obama is really a citizen that have nothing to do with his name or race.

      The illogical fools in government that come up with these types of defenses should be embarrassed at their stupidity.

  • stlmom4

    Their big accomplishment for the year would then be to further the thinking that Missouri is a backwater state. That’s how they’re choosing to do their “best” for Missouri? Ugh!!!

    • David

      The 21st President was questioned, so learn the facts.

  • ZOO

    Where there is smoke there is fire. The Obamanettes developed to the term “birther” to try and create more smoke. This is a good idea for all future Presidential elections – the insane GOP is pondering sucking Marco Rubio (not a natural born citizen) into the VP slot.

  • June

    This is the least our country can do tbefore the most important job in the world is handed out. I, and probably many others, are astonished that a thorough investigation is not done on anyone for office in Washington. The fate of our nation depends on it.

    • Diane

      Any elected official that questions such a bill should be questioned as to whether they care about their oath or country. Arguing about it is so nonsensical it is ridiculous. Ordinary citizens can’t open a bank account or obtain a driver license without positive ID…why should we allow anyone who affects the entire country and the world have the job without a full background check and ID?

  • aaaaandre

    It’s “Eligibility”, not birthplace.
    Let’s ask the right question to get the right answer!

  • aaaaandre

    “the bill specifically targeted Obama.”
    Nope, McCain, Romney, Rubio, Jindal all have “questions”, see a pattern here? Obama just opened the door.

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