U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann
If Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., decides to pursue a presidential bid in 2012, it could offer some interesting debate moments now that she’s promised that the first thing she would do is offer the public a view of her birth certificate.
“I’ll tell you one thing, if I was ever to run for president of the United States, I think the first thing I would do in the first debate is offer my birth certificate so we can get that off the table,” she told radio personality Jeff Katz on Boston’s Talk 1200 Radio Station.
WND has reported since before Barack Obama’s 2008 election on questions and lawsuits over his eligibility under the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural born Citizen.”
In the last few weeks a campaign has sprung up among state lawmakers to adopt legislation that would require presidential candidates to provide proof of their eligibility. So far, the issue has been considered in 13 states.
The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some of the lawsuits challenge whether Obama was born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Further, others question his citizenship by virtue of his attendance in Indonesian schools during his childhood and his travel to Pakistan three decades ago when travelers with American passports were banned.
Adding fuel to the fire is Obama’s persistent refusal to release documents that could provide answers and his appointment of lawyers to defend against all requests for his documentation. He even withheld the documentation in a case brought by a career military officer, Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, who was sentenced to prison for refusing to deploy, because he questioned Obama’s eligibility.
Bachman’s comment came up as Katz was interviewing her about several significant issues developing in Washington, including Rep. Peter King’s hearings on radical Islam in the U.S. and the trillion-dollar expenditures the country will face because of Obama’s health-care reform law.
Bachmann said while she hasn’t made a decision on a 2012 bid for the White House, she is visiting New Hampshire, which has the nation’s earliest primaries.
She said the hearings scheduled by King address the obvious “common thread” in terror cases targeting the U.S. and its residents recently.
“We know there’s a common thread. Why not look into it?” she said.
Muslim interests have accused King of “McCarthyism” for wanting to explore how and why radical Muslims are recruiting young Americans. King has cited, among others, the Fort Hood attack, the recent killing of a U.S. soldier in Germany and the suspect arrested in Texas who reportedly gathered bomb materials and carried a list of targets in Colorado and California.
“Thank God that we have vigilance and intelligence to be able to intercept these people,” Bachmann said. “If we don’t understand there are Shariah-compliant terrorists in our midsts – we will make ourselves more vulnerable.”
She also addressed Obamacare, and the $105 billion that Democrats “deceitfully” included in the original legislation to begin paying for the president’s signature legislation.
“Obama wrote a series of post-dated checks to himself,” she said. “He’s cashing them to implement socialized medicine in our country.”
She said the U.S. House has an opportunity coming up within days to simply refuse to extend government budget expansion unless that $105 billion is returned by Obama and other issues are addressed.
Bachmann’s visit to New Hampshire is the first since indicating she might run for the White House.
“She is seriously considering running and getting a full team lined up and making sure it’s the right one,” said Ryan Rhodes, head of the Iowa Tea Party, told CNN. “It will be different than everyone else. She will have a very good team behind her if she does decide to run.”