Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he would sign a bill requiring presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States if the state Legislature passes such a measure.
“It’s not part of our package, but if the Legislature passes it we’ll sign it,” Jindal press secretary Kyle Plotkin said, according to the Times-Picayune newspaper
|Gov. Bobby Jindal (AP photo)
The comments come one day after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would require presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship in order to get on the ballot in that state.
Arizona would have been the first state to enact such a law, which comes as so-called “birthers” — among them potential White House candidate Donald Trump — question whether or not President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Obama has produced a certificate of live birth from the state of Hawaii, but critics say that is not the same as a birth certificate and say Obama could have been born in Kenya, his father’s homeland, and not the 50th state.
Jindal believes Obama is an American citizen, Plotkin told the Times-Picayune.
A bill introduced last week in Louisiana by state Rep. Alan Seabaugh and state Sen. A.G. Crowe would require candidates for federal office to file an affidavit avowing their U.S. citizenship, accompanied by an “original or certified copy” of their birth certificate. The law would apply to candidates for president, Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Similar legislation has been proposed in Several states, including Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and New Hampshire, USA Today said.
Article Two of the U.S. Constitution states that the president must be a natural-born citizen. Senators have to have been U.S. citizens for at least nine years but can be foreign-born. The same is true of representatives, who need to have been U.S. citizens for at least seven years.
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