New Hampshire ‘Birther’ Bill Not Aimed at Obama


obama-muslimLawmakers in New Hampshire are set to debate a measure today that would require any candidate who wants their name on the state’s presidential primary ballot to provide a birth certificate.

But backers of the proposal say it isn’t aimed at President Obama.

Republican state Rep. David Bates told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday that supporters are amending the bill so that it wouldn’t go into effect until 2013, having no impact on next year’s presidential election.

Bates told the paper that without that amendment, the proposal “created the appearance that it was all centered on putting barriers in the way of President Obama.”

Having it take effect in 2013, said Bates, would “diffuse any perception that this was directed at President Obama and is purely a policy decision designed to ensure that candidates for president are qualified according to the requirements if the Constitution.”

Despite the change, the bill is still generating opposition, and the Republican majority in New Hampshire’s legislature is opposed to the plan. State House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R) said in a statement that the bill is “unnecessary and detracts from important business, namely our economy.”

Bettencourt also worried that, if passed, the measure could “represent a threat to our first in the nation primary as it gives other states reason and desire to try to jump us in line.”

New Hampshire isn’t the only state mulling such a bill. Lawmakers in close to a dozen other states across the country have introduced similar proposals that would force candidates to provide proof that they were born in the U.S. in order to qualify for the presidential ballot.

Questions over whether Obama was born in the United States were first raised during the 2008 presidential campaign. Obama was born in Hawaii.

{The Hill/ Newscenter}


  1. @ yidlmitnfidl:

    You think you are so clever, don’t you?

    What makes you think that the FBI does not employ Hebrew and Yiddish speakers?

  2. As dumb as #1’s comment was I’d have to say 2’s takes the cake. As if the FBI combs blog comments to see what people think of Obama, let alone hebrew speakers who know what shin daled means, and as if that is somehting theyd even care about if they did find it and if they did know.
    Happy purim from yidlmitnfidl and boomslang

  3. #3 – you’d better believe the FBI monitors blogs and news sites. Have you ever heard of the Patriot Act? They can even monitor your library card – no joke. (This is one enduring legacy of the Bush II presidency.)

    However, they’re not looking for people who are politically against the President. They’re looking for kooks and potential shooters like the nutcase who killed six people in Arizona while trying to assassinate Ms. Gifford. So be careful how you express yourself. Disagreement – yes. Threats – no. Calling the President a demon is definitely going to put you on their radar screen. That’s how paranoid schizophrenics talk – remember the guy who tried to assassinate Reagan? So cool it with the unfunny jokes.