He is making vague rumbles about how he might be required to keep the President off the ballot for the general November election.
"I'm not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii -- or at least I hope he was," Bennett told Broomhead. "But my 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 for the office they are seeking."
He claims he is distressed because Hawaii has not responded to his request for verification of the document that has been verified over and over. He doesn't understand why the state that has already issued proclamations and responded to document requests won't respond this once more. Apparently he missed the part where the state of Hawaii had to pass a law allowing state officials to ignore requests for the President's birth certificate. And apparently he missed seeing certified copies of both the short and long-form birth certificates.
The reality is that there is no possibility that this guy keeps the President off the ballot come November. It would be an outrageous abuse of power if he did. And it would be a huge slap in the face to the state of Hawaii to say that a certified copy of an official state record (not to mention verbal assurances by the highest ranking state officials) is insufficient proof of the record's validity.
Mr. Bennett himself would be furious if any other state refused to recognize an official, certified record from the state of Arizona. Chaos would ensue if every state started requiring something extra from their sister states beyond a certified copy or a verbal assurance. Honestly, if everyone could insist on something more than a certified copy of a short-form of whatever vital record states keep, state business would grind to a halt. As a Secretary of State charged with maintaining lots of his states records, Mr. Bennett knows all of this perfectly well and knows that the original certified copy of the short-form birth certificate that was first released by the Obama campaign back in 2008 was all the legal proof anyone had any need of. Which is precisely why he won't ultimately go through with his bogus threats to keep Obama off the ballot. So why is he even pretending?