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Bennett Backs Off Birther Issue As Hawaii Sends Arizona Obama Verification Document
Secretary of State says he didn’t open email before making announcement
May 23, 2012
After suggesting that he may keep Barack Obama off the Arizona ballot in November owing to questionable eligibility, the Secretary of State Ken Bennett is backing away from the issue.
In an interview with an Arizona conservative radio host Friday, Bennett said it would be “possible” for him to leave President Obama off the Arizona ballot in November until he received official “confirmation” from the state of Hawaii that Barack Obama was born there.
The Secretary of State says he has now received information from Hawaii that “proves President Obama’s American birth and satisfies Arizona’s requirements for having the president on the upcoming election ballot.” reports The Arizona Republic.
“I’m happy that we got what we asked for and that’s what I was expecting all along,” Bennett said Tuesday night, without clarifying exactly what he had received in an email from Hawaii officials.
Bizarrely, Bennett said he had not actually opened the email as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, but was confident it contained the information he asked for, reports azfamily.com.
“I can now report to thousands of constituents that we did what can be done and he is qualified to be on the ballot,” Bennett said.
Aloha State officials had initially told Bennett over three months ago that he had to prove he needed the records as part of normal business.
In a further statement, Joshua A. Wisch, special assistant to the attorney general in Hawaii, elaborated.
“We have received information from Secretary Bennett that satisfied our requirement and have therefore provided his office with a verification of birth for President Obama,” Wisch wrote.
Bennett was due to appear at a press conference today to discuss the issue. However, the event has now been canceled.
Bennett has distanced himself from the birther movement that believes Obama is not a natural born citizen and was born in Kenya. Nevertheless, he has received a great amount of criticism and ridicule for even addressing the issue, despite the fact that he says he was attempting only to satisfy the demands of a volume of Arizona residents who asked him to investigate the matter.
“What is so sacred or untouchable about this question that you can’t even ask the question?” he asked.
“We were simply doing what over 1,000 constituents asked me to do so they could have confidence the people on the Arizona ballot are entitled to be there,” he added.
“I feel like I was just trying to glue the far little corner of the carpet down,” Bennett said. “And as soon as you just touch the carpet, the whole floor buckles.”
“If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn’t my intent,” Bennett said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR. “He’ll be on the ballot as long as he fills out the same paperwork and does the same things that everybody else has.”
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
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