Arizona Sec. of state apologizes for birther claim. Will this silence the birthers?
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett backed off his
birther demands on Wednesday, going so far as to say that he considered
the matter of President Barack Obama's ballot eligibility "closed."
On Tuesday night, Bennett, also an Arizona co-chair for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, apologized
for creating controversy and feeding a birther frenzy by requesting
that Hawaiian officials verify the president's birth documents.
"If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn't my intent," Bennett, who had earlier threatened to keep Obama off the ballot if his inquiry wasn't met, said during an interview with radio station KTAR.
He withdrew further on Wednesday in the wake of Hawaii's eventual verification of his request.
"At the request of numerous constituents, I merely asked Hawaiian
officials to verify the information contained within President Obama's
original birth certificate," Bennett said. "They have complied with the request and I consider the matter closed."
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