States Advance Eligibility Laws
Lawmakers in two states quickly are advancing proposals that could be used to require future presidential candidates to document – with birth certificates or other forms of proof – their eligibility under the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that they are at least 35, have lived 14 years in the U.S. and are a “natural born Citizen.”
There are plans pending in other states, too, but they are not as advanced as the proposals in Oklahoma and Arizona, where sponsors say they are trying to deal with a gap in the U.S. elections process that was uncovered by the 2008 election, but their plans are not directed at Barack Obama.
But there is a developing convergence that could be.
Members of the legislature in Arizona, who came close to adopting a demand for eligibility proof from presidential candidates in 2010, are meeting tomorrow with Donald Trump, who repeatedly and publicly has expressed his growing alarm that perhaps – or even probably – Obama is an ineligible, or “illegal” president.”
Lawmakers in Arizona confirmed their plans to meet with Trump at his invitation, and Rep. Carl Seel, whose bill is one of those pending in the state legislature, said he was surprised and pleased to be invited to a meeting.
Trump, who has been expressing his concerns about the absence of proof of Obama’s eligibility for weeks, said on the “Today” show this morning there are “real doubts” about whether Obama was born in the U.S.