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Obama Birth Certificate May Be Forged, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Says

The White House(MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz.) -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., said Thursday that he and his investigators have evidence that President Obama's birth certificate is a forgery. He also raised questions about the authenticity of Obama's selective service registration, though critics quickly accused him of pandering for votes.

"We believe probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed, not only in President Obama's long-form birth certificate, but more disturbing evidence suggests that another fraud may have been committed regarding his selected service registration card," Arpaio, 79, said at a press conference. "Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic."

The findings come after a six-month investigation by Arpaio's Cold Case Posse, a group of volunteers, many of whom have backgrounds in law enforcement.

"My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in a paper format as claimed by the White House," Arpaio said.

Arpaio's investigators said the issue they are most concerned with is that the "date stamp and registrar's stamp appear to have been imported from unknown outside sources."

Arpaio said he decided to undertake the investigation last August after members of the Tea Party asked him to do so. However, some critics say the tough-talking Arizona sheriff is using it as a way to distract from his own legal problems as he seeks a sixth term in office.

Arpaio faces a federal grand jury investigation on criminal abuse-of-power allegations; the Justice Department has accused him of racial profiling Latinos. And there has been an accusation that hundreds of sex-crime cases were inadequately investigated by his department.

Obama's birth certificate has been called into question many times during his political career. Last April the White House released copies of it in an attempt to quiet conspiracy theorists after Donald Trump questioned whether the president was born in the U.S., as the Constitution requires.

In response to Arpaio's press conference Thursday, Ben LaBolt, press secretary for the Obama campaign, tweeted a link to watch the live feed of Arpaio's announcement. The link actually led to the theme song from The X-Files, a TV show that played heavily on conspiracy theories.

Coincidentally, Arpaio's press conference also came on the same day Obama's campaign unveiled its new Facebook timeline. At the very bottom of the page it reads "Born on August 4, 1961. Made in the USA." The post is accompanied by a photo of a coffee mug with Obama's birth certificate on it.

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Rick Perry, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Hold Conference Call with Iowa Voters

Toni Sandys/The Washington Post(DERRY, N.H.) -- As the duo wound down their day of campaigning in New Hampshire Tuesday evening, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his newest supporter, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, phoned into supporters in Iowa, touting the governor’s latest endorsement and stressing the need for Washington to fulfill its duty to secure the border with Mexico.

“The sheriff agrees with me that Washington’s broken.  The border’s a good example of how broken Washington, D.C., is and failed to get the job done,” Perry said during the evening conference call.  “I’m not going to get my eye off the ball and that ball is to secure the border.”

The campaign said “thousands” of Iowans participated in the approximately 45-minute conference call.

Perry repeated many of the same messages he relayed during his day campaigning in New Hampshire.  He argued for the detention and deportation of any illegal aliens apprehended by law enforcement officials, stressed the need for strategic fencing in metropolitan areas along the border and voiced a strong position against offering any form of amnesty to illegal immigrants currently residing in the country, even citing the DREAM Act as a “form of amnesty.”

“I don’t think the American people are ever going to agree to amnesty in any form or fashion,” Perry said on the conference call.  “The country’s going to have a conversation about how to deal with immigration reform but that is not going to happen until we secure the border.  I certainly understand the media’s interest if you will in ‘Tell us what your plan will be to deal with these 11 or 12 million people that are already here’ and I can assure that we’re wise enough people to figure out how to deal with them but it won’t be amnesty.”

Arpaio’s endorsement of Perry came at an early morning event in Amherst, N.H., and the Maricopa County sheriff accompanied Perry at two town halls in the afternoon.  The campaign said Arpaio might join the governor in Iowa, pending the sheriff’s schedule.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Endorse Rick Perry Next Week

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” will endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry next week, a source with knowledge of the endorsement told ABC News.

Arpaio espouses a hard-line stance on illegal immigration, leading raids to round up and jail illegal immigrants. He was a major proponent of the controversial Arizona immigration law. Perry has spoken with Arpaio several times over the phone since entering the presidential race.

Arpaio, a much sought after endorsement in the GOP field, plans to campaign with Perry in New Hampshire next week, the source said. The Texas governor will be in the Granite State Tuesday and Wednesday, holding three town halls and a breakfast at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce along with speaking at the New Hampshire State House.

Perry, who touts himself as the only candidate with firsthand experience in dealing with border security, encountered backlash from Republican voters after a statement he made in a September debate suggesting that those who oppose the education of illegal immigrants “don’t have a heart.”

Perry has since come back to that statement, saying on several occasions that it was “inappropriate” and “insulting.”

As Texas governor, Perry signed a voter ID law, vetoed a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and sent $400 million to the border in the form of Texas Ranger reconnaissance teams.

Unlike the rest of the Republican field, Perry opposes the construction of a fence along the entire U.S-Mexico border. Instead, Perry says the fences should be concentrated in metropolitan areas.

During Texas’ last legislative session, Perry attempted to pass a law that banned sanctuary cities, even setting it as an “emergency” item, but the bill failed to pass in the state legislature’s special session this summer.

Over the past three months, Arpaio has sent short missives over Twitter indicating his courtship by Republican candidates. Arpaio met Rep. Michele Bachmann in September and Herman Cain in October, and he has spoken over the phone with Mitt Romney. In 2008, Arpaio endorsed Romney over Sen. John McCain.

Arpaio adopts a tough stance on crime and punishment, which includes housing prisoners in tents, making them wear pink underwear and putting them to work on chain gangs.

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