Hoosier State Considers Birther Proposal

An Indiana lawmaker wants permission to take a closer look at presidential candidates' qualifications

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:13 AM CDT
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The Hoosier State appears to question the citizenship of Illinois' favorite son. 

Indiana state Rep. Sue Landske (R-Cedar Lake) requested that legislative leaders allow her General Assembly study committee to take a closer examination of presidential candidates' qualifications this summer, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports.

The calls from birthers, people who questioned whether President Obama is an American citizen, are growing louder since Donald Trump joined the chorus. Trump, who is considering running for president in 2012, publicly questioned the president's citizenship. 

"It's an interesting issue," Landske told the paper. "People do have questions, and I think we need to clarify the issue and try to put some of those questions to rest."

Legislation from state Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) to require presidential candidates to submit their birth certificates to Indiana election officials in order to appear on the ballot stalled this session.

Delph hopes Landske's proposal will lead to legislation in time for the 2012 election. 

However, not all lawmakers share that sentiment. 

State Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, called birthers' claims "ridiculous." Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed that state's birther bill this week.

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