Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

GOP Calls For Investigation Of Obama’s 2008 Petition

The GOP is calling for an investigation to the claim that signatures on Obama and Clinton's 2008 petitions for presidency may have been forged.

Obama in Bloomington

Photo: Indiana Public Media

Several people whose names appeared on the petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's petitions to appear on the primary ballots in 2008 have said the signatures are not their own.

Indiana GOP chair Eric Holcomb is calling for a federal investigation into reports that potentially hundreds of signatures were forged on petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to be on the 2008 Democratic primary ballot in the state.

An investigation by the South Bend Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana uncovered the faked signatures.  Presidential candidates must collect five hundred signatures from each Indiana congressional district to be placed on primary ballots in the state.

Obama’s petitions contained a total of 534 signatures for the Second Congressional District, and at least one hundred of those signatures are allegedly false. Chairman Holcomb Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney for Indiana’s Northern District, calling for an investigation.

“We need to find out how they were committed, why they were committed, who committed those crimes so they aren’t repeated,” he says.

Clinton’s number of authentic signatures appears to be enough to qualify for the ballot. Obama lost the Indiana primary to Clinton but ultimately won the nomination. Still, Holcomb says if Obama had not been on the Indiana primary ballot, he might not have won the state in the general election against John McCain.

“Obviously he wouldn’t have spent millions of dollars in this state, he wouldn’t have aired all those commercials, if in fact he was ineligible to be on our ballot,” he says.

Indiana Democratic Party chair Dan Parker has also called for an investigation, though he maintains Obama would still have had enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook