By Felicia Sonmez, The Washington Post
Arizonaâ€™s top election official said in a radio interview Thursday that itâ€™s â€œpossibleâ€ President Obama may not make the stateâ€™s November ballot due to unanswered questions about his birth certificate.
Ken Bennett, a Republican who is eyeing a bid to succeed Gov. Jan Brewer (R) in 2014, told conservative radio host Mike Broomhead that he is â€œnot playing to the birthers.â€
â€œIâ€™m not a birther,â€ Bennett said in the interview on KFYI. â€œI believe that the president was born in Hawaii â€” or at least, I hope he was.â€
But he added: â€œMy responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure that the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications of the office they are seeking.â€
Obama, saying he was frustrated with â€œthis silliness,â€ publicly released the long form of his birth certificate more than a year ago.
The radio interview followed a Phoenix New Times report that Bennett had corresponded with WorldNetDailyâ€™s Jerome Corsi regarding the birth certificate issue.
According to the text of an e-mail from Bennett to Corsi, confirmed by the secretary of stateâ€™s office to the Phoenix New Times, Bennett had written that â€œif Hawaii canâ€™t or wonâ€™t provide verification of the presidentâ€™s birth certificate, I will not put his name on the ballot.â€
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