Arizona Demands Obama Birth Certificate But Takes A Pass On Romney's

Hawaii Department of Health

It's baaaack.

The so-called "birther" movement did not die off completely when President Barack Obama placed his "long-form" birth certificate on the White House website in April 2011.

That action, you may recall, came after gazillionaire Donald Trump (who was flirting with a GOP presidential run) raised the issue.

Since then, birther conspiracists (mostly) dropped off the news media radar, as most remaining doubters appeared to finally accept that Obama was born at Kapiolani hospital and not in Kenya.

Until now.

Last week, the Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, announced that he had spent the past two months asking Hawaii for "verification" of Obama's birth records.

If Bennett doesn't get his "verification," Obama may be left off the November ballot in Arizona, which has 11 electoral votes and could make a difference in a close election á la Bush v. Gore.

Civil Beat checked and Bennett has not asked Michigan, where GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney was born, for similar verification.

Bennett, a Republican and Romney's campaign co-chair in Arizona, says when it comes to Obama he is only doing his job.

"I believe the president was born in Hawaii," he explained Friday, according to multiple news reports. "I am not a birther. ... We're merely asking them to officially confirm they have the president's birth certificate in their possession and are awaiting their response."

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