Freshman Republican Rep. Bill Posey of Florida has introduced a bill aimed at quelling persistent Internet rumors from the right-wing base of the GOP about President Obama’s citizenship.
“Opponents of President Obama are raising the birth certificate issue as a means of questioning his eligibility to serve as president,” Posey said in a statement. “This bill, by simply requiring such documentation for future candidates for president, will remove this issue as a reason for questioning the legitimacy of a candidate elected as president.”
Several right-leaning outlets, such as WorldNetDaily and Newsmax, repeatedly have questioned Obama’s citizenship. Posey’s bill, H.R. 1503, would “require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of president to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.”
WND has chronicled several legal challenges filed by those who believe Obama may not be eligible under the Constitution to be president. Obama’s supporters have dismissed them as “garbarge.”
Last year, while these allegations were in full force, several outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Kos, reprinted a copy of Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate to quiet allegations regarding Obama’s citizenship.