Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has recently vetoed the first bill in the nation that would require presidential candidates to prove to state officials that they are constitutionally eligible to hold the office.
Brewer stated that the provision, which would require presidential candidates to submit their birth certificate to the Arizona secretary of state, gave too much power to the office and allowed it to potentially make arbitrary or politically motivated decisions, according to The Associated Press.
“In addition, I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their ‘early baptismal circumcision certificates’ among other records to the Arizona secretary of state,” Brewer explained.
Under the bill, if candidates cannot produce their birth certificates, they have the option of submitting other documents like the ones mentioned by Brewer.
Republican Representative Carl Seel of Phoenix, who sponsored the bill, said he is “disappointed” with Brewer’s decision. He had previously denied that the bill was related to the controversy in some segments of the Republican party regarding the place of President Barack Obama’s birth. According to a CNN poll, 75 percent of Americans believe Obama was born in the US and therefore holds natural-born US citizenship.