Measure Would Require Birth Certificate for Presidential Run

The Indiana Senate is considering a resolution that would require presidential candidates to show an official birth certificate.

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The Indiana Senate is considering a resolution that would require presidential candidates to show an official birth certificate.

The Indiana Senate is considering a resolution that would require presidential candidates to show an official birth certificate. The resolution’s author, Indianapolis Senator Mike Delph, says he doesn’t think it’s unreasonable to ask candidates for commander-in-chief to show the same proof as people trying to get a driver’s license.

“We are trusting in the word of individuals and the major parties, but we are also trying to verify by having documentation filed with the application to get on the ballot,” said Delph.

Delph says the resolution isn’t an attack on President Obama, citing questions about John McCain’s qualifications during the 2008 campaign. The measure currently being considered only puts the issue in a summer study committee, but former Barack Obama presidential campaign state chair Kip Tew says even that’s too much.

“I just think it’s a complete waste of time. I don’t think that the legislature ought to be spending its time studying an issue that’s well settled,” said Tew.

A committee will vote later this week on whether to put the resolution before the full Senate.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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