The Arizona House of Representatives recently approved a provision requiring that President Barack Obama prove that he is a natural-born citizen before being placed on the ballot to run for President of the United States in 2012. He must have his birth certificate approved by the state’s attorney general in order to run.
Rep. Sinema issued this statement:
“Republicans continue to take Arizona down the wrong track by wasting taxpayers time on frivolous legislation instead of working on important issues like health care for kids and seniors and education.”
“Republican Rep. Judy Burges amendment to Senate Bill 1024 today would require the Arizona secretary of state to verify a presidential candidate’s birth certificate before the candidate’s name is allowed on a ballot in Arizona. A presidential candidate already is required to prove that he or she is a naturally born citizen before they can run for that office.”
“This bill is nothing more than a waste of taxpayers time when the legislature should be working to fix more important issues like the fact that it eliminated KidsCare, which forfeits all federal health care dollars for kids and seniors in Arizona.”
At the National Leadership Forum hosted this past week by Rev. Al Sharpton, I had the chance to speak extensively with the rapper Chuck D from Public Enemy. In the early 1990s, Chuck wrote a controversial song called “Can’t Wait Till I get to Arizona.” In the song, Chuck expounds on the racism of this state, mostly in reaction to the fact that the voters were unwilling to acknowledge the Martin Luther King Holiday.