In an address to a Michigan Tea Party group in early May, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) called for a government office to verify presidential candidates’ citizenship and lamented Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) opposition to questioning President Obama on his birthplace.
When asked about Obama’s birthplace, Hoekstra said he wanted to see a three-person governmental panel check candidates’ legal credentials to be president.
“At any future election someone would have to walk into that office and prove that they meet the minimum qualifications to be president of the United States,” he said, suggesting “an FBI person, maybe a CIA person and one person managing those two people” to run the proposed department.
Members of the so-called “birther” movement have continued to dispute the president’s American birthplace, despite overwhelming evidence that shows Obama was born in Hawaii and is a U.S. citizen.
Hoekstra didn’t address in the answer whether he thought Obama was a citizen, instead blaming McCain for not pursuing the question and saying the public debate on the matter had ended.
Read More at thehill.com. By Cameron Joseph.
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