Major news outlets are reporting tonight that Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill that would have required all presidential candidates, including President Obama, running in Arizona primaries to prove their U.S. citizenship.
As reported by the Associated Press, Brewer said the following in her veto letter:
“I do not support designating one person as the gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate, which could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions,” said Brewer, who was secretary of state until she became governor in 2009.
“In addition, I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their ‘early baptismal circumcision certificates’ among other records to the Arizona secretary of state,” she said. “This is a bridge too far.”