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Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer Vetoed a Bill SB 1070 that Required Candidates Prove They Meet the Constitutional Requirements for President!!
David Schwartz , Reuters
April 19, 2011
PHOENIX (Reuters) Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer on Monday vetoed two controversial bills, one mandating proof of U.S. citizenship to run for president, the other allowing guns on college campuses, in a clear setback for conservatives who control the state legislature. Brewer, who grabbed headlines a year ago when she signed a get-tough state law cracking down on illegal immigrants, vetoed the bills in an announcement late on Monday.
The so-called “birther bill,” would have made Arizona the first state in the nation to require presidential candidates prove U.S. citizenship by providing a long form birth certificate, and other forms of proof including baptismal or circumcision certificates, to be placed on the state ballot.
“I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their ‘early baptism or circumcision certificates’ … This is a bridge too far.”
A former Arizona secretary of state, Brewer said, she did not support designating one person as “gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate,” as it “could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions.”
The Republican-controlled state legislature passed the measure at a time when some foes of President Barack Obama, a Democrat, question whether he is a native-born [NATURAL BORN] U.S. citizen. Real estate mogul and television reality show host Donald Trump is among those questioning Obama’s birth in Hawaii.
On Greta Van Susteren’s show, Governor Brewer announced that she had vetoed the bill. She said, “This bill is a distraction and we need to get on with the state business.” The Governor also said she would be sending a letter to the legislature. It will be interesting to read. The Tucson Sentinel reported that Brewer said that HB 2177 “creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona.”
Is there anyone else that believes insuring that candidates meet the Constitutional requirements by providing proof of their qualifications is a distraction? What problems would there be? Overseeing a few pieces of paper and determining their authenticity would be a problem? For whom would it be a problem?
Isn’t the Secretary of State already a gatekeeper? Isn’t the SOS the one that receives the nomination papers from the candidates? If the SOS isn’t qualifying the candidates, exactly what is their responsibility to the electors? Do they just receive a piece of paper and put a date stamp on it and send it to the file? Is that the only thing they have to do?
Was the Governor threatened? Did the Federal Government intervene and say that no federal funds would be going to Arizona if she didn’t veto the bill? Why did she cave?
Earlier this afternoon, a spokesperson for the bill said there was a 50/50 chance for the bill to pass. If it did not, there were plans to override her veto. The bill was watered down from the original requirement, but it was a real start. Will other states follow suit? Will there be other states that are willing to uphold the Constitution? We shall see.
We disagree, it would have been constructive for Arizona and for the U.S.!