Obama birther challenge subject of Kansas objections board hearing

Obama birther challenge subject of Kansas objections board hearing

The Kansas State Objections Board is considering removing President Barack Obama from the November ballot because of doubts over his place of birth, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

The panel of Republicans, which consists of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, received a complaint from a resident who claimed Obama was not a natural born citizen and therefore ineligible to be president.

Obama has been dogged by questions about his eligibility to serve as President of the United States since 2008. Some of the so-called “birthers” believe Obama is not a natural born citizen because his father was a British subject.

Courts have ruled that anyone born within the borders of the United States is a natural born citizen under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of the citizenship of their parents.

The Kansas State Objections Board has requested documentation of Obama’s birth from Hawaii, Arizona and Mississippi.

In an attempt to quiet the “birther” conspiracies, Obama released his long-form birth certificate last year. It confirmed what his other birth certificate released in 2008 said: the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Raw Story

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“As for Mr. Obama’s citizenship, there are many doubts,” said Joe Montgomery, who filed the ballot challenge. “Doing the right thing can be hard and unpopular.” Raw Story

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an informal advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said on Thursday he and his fellow members of a state board were considering removing President Barack Obama from the Kansas ballot this November. TPM

In his emails to TPM, Kobach also said more records “could easily be obtained, and should be obtained, from the relevant states before issuing any decision.” He declined to say whether he personally believes Obama is a natural born U.S. citizen, but said he might be more willing to speak on Monday “after the matter is closed.” TPM

The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment. Romney accepted Kobach’s endorsement in January. His campaign acknowledged in April that Kobach is an informal advisor. A major advocate of voter ID laws and measures against illegal immigrants, Kobach has also been instrumental in shepherding immigration planks into the GOP platform this year. TPM

Joe Montgomery, the communications coordinator for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, said in his filing that he does not believe Obama meets the criteria for citizenship because of his father’s citizenship. He cites several Supreme Court rulings in the filing, which he says validate his argument. In the filing, Montgomery said that the rulings show a “natural born citizen” is a person born of two American citizens. Huffington Post

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