The Missouri House Elections Committee heard a Republican-sponsored bill Tuesday that would allow Missouri to require proof of President Obama's citizenship before being placed on the ballot.
Wrap: Former defeated Secretary of State candidate Mitch Hubbard says Missouri should check the federal government and enforce proof of citizenship for all Presidential candidates.
Hubbard says the President's birth place of Hawaii did not issue proper birth cirtificates at the time he was born.
|Description: "Hawaii, during the years our president was born, issued short-form birth certificates to people who were born in Hawaii...but because it had just recently become a state, they also issued short-form birth certificates to people who were not born in Hawaii, but who were living there as children at the time."|
A bill heard in the House Elections Committee tuesday could make Missouri the first state to knock President Obama off of the ballot if he cannot prove his citizenship.
Wrap: The bill would require all presidential candidates, including Obama, to prove their citizenship to Missouri's Secretary of State.
St. Genevieve Democratic Representative Joe Fallert says this is unnecessary, as federal law under the Constitution already prevents unqualified citizens from running for President.
|Description: "If federal law would say you have to be a citizen of the U.S. to do this, why do we have to double check...I'm just curious, because it's like we're a solution looking for problem because federal law would preempt this already."|
In response to Fallert, bill sponsor and Republican Cedarcreek Representative Lyle Rowland says on the federal level, there is no one checking constitutional qualifications of the president.
From the Missouri State Capitol, I'm Meghann Mollerus.
The Missouri Elections Committee heard a bill Tuesday that would make President Obama prove his citizenship before being put on the ballot in the next general election.
Wrap: Under the bill, President Obama and other Presidential candidates would have to submit proof of citizenship to the Missouri Secretary of State.
Naturalized U.S. citizen Hector Maldonado says U.S. presidential candidates need to be checked for citizenship, like he was during his U.S. Senate campaign last year.
|Description: "This next coming election, if I choose to do so, I can run for U.S. President, and no one's going to stop me until I actually hold office...but by then, it's too late."|