Arizona is preparing to pass a 2012 eligibility law to require presidential candidate to prove eligibility before occupying the Oval Office. If passed, President Obama would have to present a birth certificate to run for office again.
The proposal was from Arizona state Rep. Judy Burges with 16 Senate members as co-sponsors. A similar plan fell short last year. This year, it needs just 16 votes in the Senate to pass.
WorldNetDaily reports although the plan was just introduced, the eligibility law could be a game-changer.
In the House, the plan has 25 co-sponsors and only 31 votes are needed for passage. Several members already confirmed by support the plan and intend to vote for it but preferred not to be listed as co-sponsors.
The proposal is being taken up in a number of other states and directly addresses questions raised by Barack Obama's occupancy in the White House, stating:
“Within ten days after submittal of the names of the candidates, the national political party committee shall submit an affidavit of the presidential candidate in which the presidential candidate states the candidate's citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove that the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate's age and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in article II, section 1, Constitution of the United States.”
Key phrases are “natural born citizen” and the reference to article II, section 1, which imposes a requirement on the president that is not required for other federal and state officeholders.
A natural born citizen, when referring to the president, was considered to be citizen born of two citizen parents. This point was agreed to by analysts, who are referring to what was meant when the Constitution was written.
President Obama's father was a Kenyan subject to United Kingdom jurisdiction. As such, Obama's father was a citizen of both the UK and Kenya. This would make his son a dual citizen with American and Kenyan parentage at birth.
The plan attempts to address dozens of lawsuits and challenges regarding the fact President Obama is a “natural born citizen.”
Burges said to WND, “I think every American should consider it of prime importance to ensure that all candidates for the highest elected position in our nation meet all constitutional requirements. We do not accept the federal government's unconstitutional treatment of states as one of their extended branches.”