‘I don’t know whether Obama’s a U.S. citizen’

Posted: 02/05/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011

Growing list of lawmakers, talkers questioning eligibility of president


Posted: February 04, 2010
11:45 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2010 WorldNetDaily


Tennessee state Senate speaker and Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey

Tennessee state Senate speaker and gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey has joined the growing ranks of officials and prominent commentators who say they are unsure of whether President Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen.

Ramsey was asked Feb. 2 about the issue by Maclin Davis, a former state lawmaker and attorney for the state GOP, the Associated Press reported.

“I don’t know whether President Obama is a citizen of the United States

or not,” Ramsey responded. “I don’t know what the whole deal is there.”

However, Ramsey added that he doesn’t believe citizens are concerned about Obama’s citizenship status.

“But I’m going to tell you something,” he said. “When you walk out on the street down here, people don’t really care about this issue.”

Help push the petition asking President Obama to reveal his long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate to the 500,000 mark!

He said dwelling on the issue of whether Obama is eligible to hold office distracts from the Republican message on jobs, education and fiscal conservatism.

“When we get off on sidelines like that, that’s when people say ‘aw,’ they close their ears and don’t listen,” Ramsey said. “I’m not saying you’re not right, Mac, I’m not saying you’re not right – but that’s not how you win elections.”

According to the report, Ramsey acknowledged that he might be causing some apprehension among his political staff for even addressing the eligibility issue.

“I’ve got a table full of advisers sitting over there, and they’ll probably start cringing right about now when I start talking about some of this stuff,” he said.

Ramsey is just the latest addition to a long line of lawmakers and prominent personalities who have questioned Obama’s citizenship status or asked why he hasn’t released a birth certificate.

As WND reported, Democrats plan to raise the issue of Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office during this year’s U.S. Senate races.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chief Robert Menendez has distributed a memo to U.S. Senate campaign offices stating Democrats need to demand that their opponents answer a series of questions, including, “Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen?”

WND has also reported efforts to raise the question of Obama’s eligibility at the state and national levels. Several state legislatures are working on proposals that would require presidential candidates to submit proof of their eligibility. Among the states where election qualification or eligibility requirements are being considered or developed include Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Virginia, New York and others.

Hawaii state Sen. Will Espero

Hawaii state Sen. Will Espero, a Democrat, has suggested that legislation could be adopted to release Obama’s birth records and satisfy critics.

While Espero said he believes Obama was born in Hawaii, he explained, “My decision to file the legislation was primarily a result of the fuss over President Obama’s birth records and the lingering questions,” Espero said.

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze sponsored a proposal to demand eligibility documentation from candidates for political office, including the president. Ritze, who says he regularly gets questions from his constituents about Obama’s eligibility, said an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” on the issues of candidate qualifications and eligibility.

U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla.

In March 2009, Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., proposed H.R. 1503, known as the Presidential Eligibility Act. It is still pending in a House committee and has nearly a dozen co-sponsors, including Reps. Dan Burton, R-Ind.; Ted Poe, R-Texas; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; John Campbell, R-Calif.; John R. Carter, R-Texas; John Culberson, R-Texas; Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; and Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas; Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; and Kenny Marchant, R-Texas.

The measure seeks to “amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate … to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.”

Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen

Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, said the controversy over Obama and his birth certificate has raised questions.

“It just makes sense and will stop any controversy in the future to just show you are a natural born citizen,” she told the Arizona Capitol Times.

Arizona state Rep. Judy Burges

Arizona state Rep. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, told WND she has been getting questions from other states about H2442, a proposal she sponsored to require future presidential candidates to reveal show they are qualified under the U.S. Constitution’s demand for a “natural born citizen.” The bill is co-sponsored by some three dozen lawmakers who also want state officials to independently verify the accuracy of documentation.

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