Nearly half the members of the Arizona House of Representatives already have signed on in support of a measure that would require presidential candidates to document their constitutional eligibility for the office in 2012, but Barack Obama apparently isn’t paying any attention.

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A question about Obama’s eligibility was raised at today’s White House news briefing, and as before, spokesman Robert Gibbs turned it into a joke.

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But 40 of the 90 members of the Arizona House are co-sponsors of the plan, HB 2441, and it already has been approved at the committee level. Such a requirement by a single state could impact an election nationwide, since that state’s decision to allow a candidate on – or keep him off – a state ballot certainly would draw attention from coast to coast.

WND reported last month when a legislative committee voted 6-1 on a plan by Rep. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, and advanced it to the full House.

The question at the White House briefing today was posed by Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House.

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“What was the president’s reaction to the [reports] that nearly one half of the state of Arizona’s state legislators already support a bill to require that all presidential candidates who want to be on the ballot in 2012 submit documents proving they meet the requirements to be president?” he asked.

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