Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie helped jumpstart the debate, now at least 10 state legislatures are running with it.
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At least 10 state legislatures are considering bills from ‘birthers’ designed to ferret out whether the 44th president of the United States was in fact born in Hawaii.
The bills would require presidential candidates to provide proof that they are natural-born citizens in order to get on the ballot and would almost certainly apply to Pres. Barack Obama during his reelection campaign next year.
The debate about Obama’s status as a native-born son of Hawaii grew out of his 2008 campaign. It had faded from the national stage until Hawaii’s own Gov. Neil Abercrombie promised national news media that he would investigate the issue and put rumors to bed. He later backpedaled citing the state’s privacy laws. But that hasn’t stopped Hawaii lawmakers from jumping on the bandwagon with a proposal to charge $100 for a copy of Obama’s certificate.