In response to the ongoing controversy over President Obama's "natural born" status, a Republican Congressman has introduced a bill to require candidates to produce their birth certificate. In spite of how you feel on the issue of Obama's status, this seems to be a reasonable requirement. Most of us had to produce a birth certificate to get a job or a drivers license. There is no such requirement for the Office of the Presidency. President Obama has produced a shorter Certification of Live Birth from Hawaii, but has refused for some reason to produce the longer Certificate of Live Birth that has the Hospital's and delivering Doctor's name. That style is the only type you can get in my state. Hawaii is one of only four states that consider birth certificates to be a private record. They will not release Obama's unless he asks and he isn't asking. Over three hundred thousand people have signed an online petition calling on Obama to release the longer "vault" copy birth certificate. Several lawsuits are ongoing, but the Supreme Court has so far refused to intervene. Since Democrats want Obama to run in 2012, it would be a safe bet they will not let this bill out of committee.
Republican wants WH candidates to prove citizenship
From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, introduced legislation this week requiring candidates to produce a birth certificate to be eligible to run in future presidential elections, triggering a sharp reaction from Democrats who accused him of "questioning President Obama's citizenship."
Posey submitted a bill with no fanfare Thursday that instructs the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to be amended to add the birth certificate requirement. The Constitution requires that a president or a vice president be "a natural born citizen." (excerpt) read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com