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Posey doubting Obama's citizenship?



One of Florida's new members of Congress, Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, has filed a bill in the U.S. House to require presidential candidates to prove they were born here. For those who still believe President Barack Obama was really born abroad instead of Hawaii, despite the evidence to the contrary, Posey's bill would offer no immediate relief. But if passed, it would apply to his reelection campaign in 2012.

"This bill, by simply requiring such documentation for future candidates for President will remove this issue as a reason for questioning the legitimacy of a candidate elected as President," Posey said in a statement.

Posey wouldn't say if he thinks Obama is a citizen, but his spokesman told Politico:" I think he's willing to take the president's word for it. If the president wanted to put an end to the whole thing he could order Hawaii to release the authentic birth certificate. That's up to him."

Florida Democrats immediately jumped on the matter with a fundraising appeal e-mail from Karen Thurman: "Today, Congressman Bill Posey from Melbourne drafted legislation designed to fan the rumors on the extreme fringe of the Republican Party questioning President Obama's citizenship. These rumors are completely false, but they just won't give up. Congressman Posey should be focused on creating jobs and jumpstarting the economy, but it seems  he's only obsessed with pandering to the right wing. Floridians need our leaders to be focused on how to crate more jobs, expand healthcare and fix the economy, not pander to fringe elements.

Posey's bill, H.R. 1503, which was filed Thursday, doesn't mention Obama but says presidential campaigns should have to provide "a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under section 5 of article II of the Constitution."

For those unawares, or who just want to suffer through it again, Politifact, the fact-checking project of the St. Pete Times, has the scoop and the truth on the poop here.

(For the record, Posey was born in Washington, D.C. - technically not a state, but still considered America. So he's good to go).

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:31pm]


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