Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Birther Bill


Last week the Arizona legislature passed a controversial bill that would require presidential candidates to present “long-form birth certificate or two or more other permitted documents, including an early baptismal certificate, circumcision certificate, hospital birth record, postpartum medical record signed by the person who delivered the child, or an early census record” in order to get on the ballot in the state. But late Monday night, Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed the measure, saying it was going “too far.” “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates’ … this is a bridge too far,” she said in a statement. “This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona.”

Had the measure been upheld, it would have created plenty of problems for many perfectly legal residents on both sides of the aisle: “If the term ‘long form’ is taken literally, Arizonans born after 1966 may not have the required birth certificate as outlined,” reported the Arizona Republic.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes ‘birther’ bill, says veiled attack on Obama goes ‘too far’ [NYDN]