Monday, January 31, 2011
Connecticut recently became the latest state to tackle the Obama "birther" issue, as a GOP state senator introduced a piece of legislation that would require potential presidential and vice-presidential candidates to provide the secretary of state with an "original birth certificate" in order to run.
Similarly worded bills have cropped up around the country in the current legislative session, albeit in conservative bastions. A Republican state representative in Arizona recently reintroduced a previously failed bill that would require Obama to provide a copy of his birth certificate in order to be placed on the ballot in the state. A state lawmaker in Texas is also seeking to advance a similar bill, while a number of other states are also expected to push their own versions of "birther" legislation following the growth of Republican power that took place in many state legislatures last November.