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Arizona Electors Question Barack Obama Birth Certificate

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) doesn't support comments by threeGOP presidential electors in the state questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship. (AP/Charles Dharapak)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) doesn't support comments by threeGOP presidential electors in the state questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

The chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and two other Arizona members of the Electoral College on Monday questioned President Barack Obama's birth certificate during the formal casting of the state's electoral votes.

Arizona GOP Chairman Tom Morrissey said during the state's Electoral College meeting that Obama did not produce a "legitimate" birth certificate, KNAU reports. Morrissey's comments came as presidential electors nationwide formally elected Obama over Republican Mitt Romney.

"I'm not satisfied with what I've seen," Morrissey said during the meeting. "I think for somebody in the president's position to not have produced a document that looks more legitimate, I have a problem with that."

Morrissey was joined in doubting Obama's citizenship by two other Arizona electors, Gila County Republican Party Chairman Don Ascoli and former Graham County Republican Chairman John D. Rhodes, the Associated Press reports. Ascoli questioned whether Obama had been"properly vetted as a legitimate candidate for president."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who has vetoed bills to require presidential candidates to show a birth certificate to Arizona's secretary of state, said she disagreed with the trio's stance. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), the presiding officer of the Arizona Electoral College, also said he disagreed with what the three said. In May, Bennett had threatened to block Obama from appearing on the Arizona ballot unless he produced a birth certificate that met Bennett's satisfaction. Bennett later said he would not not place Obama on the state's presidential ballot.

The comments of the Arizona Republicans comes a week after birther queen Orly Taitz filed a lawsuit in federal court in Arizona against Vice President Joe Biden and Congress to block Biden from counting the electoral vote. Taitz, who has filed a series of lawsuits questioning Obama's eligibility, seeks to prevent Biden from performing his constitutional duty of opening the envelopes containing the electoral votes from each state and the District of Columbia before a joint session of Congress in January.

Taitz also wants to block California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and California Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D) from signing California's Electoral College paperwork and mailing it to Biden and a federal judge. Taitz is joined in her lawsuit by federal prison inmate Keith Judd, who received 41 percent of the vote against Obama in the May Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia. Taitz contends that Judd would have been the Democratic presidential nominee if Obama had been ruled ineligible. In her court filing, Taitz claimed that Obama was a citizen of Indonesia and that he produced falsified documents to run for president.

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