Entries in Certificate of Live Birth (2)


Bachmann to ABC News: Obama's Certificate 'Settles' Birther Issue

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, Rep. Michele Bachmann -- who is actively considering a run for the White House in 2012 -- has said that the birth certificate President Obama has released to the public puts an end to the "birther" issue.

“Last night you were on Fox News suggesting the president should come forward with his birth certificate,” ABC News Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos said Wednesday in an interview with the Minnesota congresswoman.

“One of your supporters in the state of Iowa has put forth a bill that would require presidential candidates to file their birth certificate with their candidacy. Do you support that?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Gov. Jan Brewer just vetoed that bill in Arizona because she felt that that was a bridge too far,” Bachmann explained, referring to H.R. 1503, which would have required presidential campaign committees to file “a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate.”

Iowa Senate bill 368, which was introduced by Bachmann supporter Kent Sorenson, contained similar language, saying a candidate should file "a copy of the candidate's birth certificate certified by the appropriate official in the candidate's state of birth."

“I have no problem giving my birth certificate; it wouldn’t bother me at all,” Bachmann said. “I’ve got one. It’s authenticated.”

Stephanopoulos presented Bachmann with a copy of President Obama’s certificate of live birth published on “I have the president’s certificate right here," he said. "It’s certified. It’s got a certification number. It’s got the registrar of the state signed. It’s got a seal on it. And it says, 'This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.'”

“Well, then that should settle it,” Bachmann replied.

“That’s what should settle it,” she said. “I take the president at his word and I think – again – I would have no problem, and apparently the president wouldn’t either. Introduce that, we’re done. Move on.”

“Well this has been introduced. So this story is over?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Well, as long as someone introduces it, I guess it’s over,” Bachmann said, before noting that there are more important issues “facing the United States right now.”

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Palin Supports The Donald's Birther Efforts

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has at least one high profile supporter when it comes to his loud and frequent questioning of the circumstances of President Obama’s birth: Sarah Palin.

"I appreciate that the Donald wants to spend his resources on something that so interests him and so many Americans,” the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate said on Fox News. “You know – more power to him.”

For Palin, who is a paid contributor to Fox News, this seems to be a shift in her opinions on the so-called “birther” issue, and its relevance.

"I think that he was born in Hawaii,” Palin told FOX News, “because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper.  But obviously there is something there that the president doesn't want people to see on that birth certificate, that he sees going to great lengths to make sure it isn't shown.  And that's perplexing for a lot of people."

The president has released a "certificate of live birth," a document that carries the same legal weight as a birth certificate in Hawaii.

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