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Items on this page archived in alphabetic order (last name) . . .

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH

"President Obama has provided several news organizations with a copy of his birth certificate (false), showing he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Hawaii became a state in 1959, and all individuals born in Hawaii after its admission are considered natural-born United States citizens.  In addition, the Hawaii State Health Department recently issued a public statement verifying the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate." (false)

Sen. Robert Casey, D-PA
"I am confident that Mr. Obama meets all the constitutional requirements to be our 44th president.  Mr. Obama has posted a copy of his birth certificate on his campaign website (false) and submitted an additional copy to the independent website (false).  The birth certificate demonstrates that he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961, thereby making him a natural-born citizen eligible to be president." (false)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-GA
"President Obama demonstrated his citizenship during his campaign by circulating copies of his birth certificate (false), which showed he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961."
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX
"As we enter the 111th Congress, our nation faces many challenges.  We are in the midst of tough economic times, and the federal government must stand on the side of taxpayers and small businesses.  Now more than ever, we need fiscal discipline in Washington.  I welcome President-elect Obama's commitment to reform the federal budget process and rein in wasteful government spending, and I will hold the President-elect accountable as Congress works to quickly identify and eliminate inefficient, ineffective, and outdated federal programs."  He didn't respond to our question about the eligibility issue.
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID
The Constitution and federal law require that, among other things, only native-born U.S. citizens, (false -- "natural born" -- there's a difference) or those born abroad, but only to parents who were both American citizens (also false), may be President of the United States.  In President Obama's case, some individuals have filed lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging that he has not proven that he is an American citizen, but each of those lawsuits have been dismissed.  This includes a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to not review an "application for emergency stay" filed by a New Jersey resident claiming that the President is not a natural born citizen because his father was born in Kenya.  Furthermore, both the Director of Hawaii's Department of Health and the state's Registrar of Vital Statistics recently confirmed that Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961 (false) and, as such, meets the constitutional citizenship requirements for the presidency (false).  If contrary documentation is produced and verified, this matter will necessarily be resolved by the judicial branch of our government under the Constitution." (false)
Kay Granger, R-TX
"Now that the election is over and the campaigns have ended, I think it is important that the politicians and the citizens of our nation put the fierce partisan rhetoric aside so that we can work together to come up with real solutions to our country's challenges." -- Can't we all just get along?
Wally Herger, R-CA
"As you know, some questions were raised about whether President Obama is a natural born citizen.  There was a recent lawsuit arguing that he is not eligible for the Presidency for this reason.  I understand that the Supreme Court considered hearing this lawsuit, but it ultimately turned down the request to have the case considered before the full court.  I further understand that the director  of Hawaii's Department of Health recently confirmed that President Obama was born in Honolulu (false) and has personally verified that her agency has his original birth certificate on record (false).  As you know, the U.S. Congress certified his election on January 8, and he was sworn into office on January 20, 2009.  While I may disagree with President Obama on a multitude of issues, he has been elected as President of the United States through a fair process and has shown sufficient documentation, via a state birth certificate, (false) that has been verified as being authentic (false).  In short, therefore, I do not believe sufficient evidence was brought to light to conclude that President Obama was ineligible for the office."
Paul Hodes, D-NH
"President Obama publicly posted his birth certificate on his campaign website (false) which confirms that he was born in Hawaii in 1961.  This birth certificate confirms that President Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States (no, it doesn't), above the age of 35, and is therefore qualified to be President of the United States of America.  If you would like to view President Obama's birth certificate, I encourage you to go to the website"  Please do -- you'll see that document is not a birth certificate.
Rush Holt, D-NJ
"The claim that President Obama was born outside of the United States, thus rendering him ineligible for the presidency, is part of a larger number of pernicious and factually baseless claims that were circulated about then-Senator Obama during his presidential campaign.  President Obama was born in Hawaii."  -- The response provided no documentation.
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ
"Thank you for your recent e-mail. Senator Obama meets the constitutional requirements for presidential office (not determined).  Rumors pertaining to his citizenship status have been circulating on the Internet, and this information has been debunked by (ha, ha, ha), which investigates the truth behind Internet rumors."
Sen. Mel Martinez, R-FL
"Presidential candidates are vetted by voters at least twice –- first in the primary elections and again in the general election.  President-Elect Obama won the Democratic Party's nomination after one of the most fiercely contested presidential primaries in American history.  And, he has now been duly elected by the majority of voters in the United States.  Throughout both the primary and general election, concerns about Mr. Obama's birthplace were raised (but not addressed).  The voters have made clear their view that Mr. Obama meets the qualifications to hold the office of president." -- Said like the foreigner he is.
Thaddeus McCotter, R-MI
He cited the U.S. Supreme Court's constitutional authority to rule on the dispute and the fact that the court refused to hear evidence in at least four cases brought before the justices (all on technicalities -- no court has ever looked at the evidence). "Rest assured, however, I will well remember your concerns regarding this issue during the 111th Congress."
Rep. John Mica, R-FL
He noted the dispute is under court review.  "I will carefully monitor the progress of this case.  However, as a Representative in Congress, my opportunity to intervene in resolving this question is limited.  As further court and judicial action is taken, please be assured I will continue to raise the questions and concerns we both share."
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY
"The courts have held that President Obama is a natural-born American citizen (false).  Moreover, in December 2008, the Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit challenging Mr. Obama's eligibility to serve as president, concurring with three other federal courts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Washington.  The courts have confirmed the determination of state officials in Hawaii that health department records prove that Barack Obama was born a U.S. citizen in Honolulu (false)."

On the other hand, this short video, published in September, 2008, shows Schumer addressing the issue of John McCain's cancer and medical records.  "When you're running for president, every thing should be public" -- he says it twice.  Schumer adds, "There is no right to privacy."

Evidently, Schumer believes full disclosure applies to every one except Barack Obama, who continues to employ a legion of attorneys and the legal system to hide ALL of his life records from the American People.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL
"Well, his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven't seen any birth certificate.  You have to be born in America to be president."  Shelby later backed off, saying he was confident Obama is a U.S. citizen. -- Eligibility and citizenship are two different issues.
Vic Snyder, D-AK
"According to State of Hawai'i officials, the Hawai'i State Department of Health has President-elect Obama's original birth certificate on record in accordance with that state's policies and procedures." (true)
Sen. Arlen Specter, R-PA
"On June 13, 2008, the Obama campaign released a copy of his birth certificate (false) after numerous claims were made about his eligibility to hold the office of President.  The released copy created additional questions, because it contained a blacked out department file number and was apparently missing a seal, and it was impossible to detect raised text, a common characteristic of official documents.  There were satisfactory answers to such questions (false), however: the department file number had been blacked out to prevent hackers from breaking into the Health Department's system, and the State places the seal on the back of the certificate.  The website investigated the matter and provided high-resolution photos taken at multiple angles that revealed the raised text and the seal on the back of the document (not a birth certificate). ... Accordingly, it has been concluded that President Obama has met the constitutional qualifications to be President of the United States."
Ginny Brown-Waite, R-FL
"The claim that Barack Obama is not a citizen of the U.S. is false (true -- he's just not a "natural born" citizen).  This rumor is simply election year politics."  She referred questioners to Snopes for documentation.
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