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1:29 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

AZ Electoral College Delegates Voted Today

The state's 11 Republican electors formally cast their ballots today for Mitt Romney -- but not before three of them said questions remain about whether Barack Obama was born in this country.

AZ GOP Chairman Tom Morrissey and John Rhodes, sign Electoral College papers casting their vote for Mitt Romney. Both men said they have doubts about President Obama's birth certificate and his right to serve.
AZ GOP Chairman Tom Morrissey and John Rhodes, sign Electoral College papers casting their vote for Mitt Romney. Both men said they have doubts about President Obama's birth certificate and his right to serve.
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

The Electoral College voting is pretty much pro forma: The electors for whoever got the most votes for president in Arizona come to the Capitol to cast their ballots. But during the voting, state GOP Chairman Tom Morrissey said doubts remain about the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate.

"I'm not satisfied with what I've seen," Morrissey said. "I think for somebody in the president's position to not have produced a document that looks more legitimate, I have a problem with that."

Elector Don Ascoli said the fact Obama got more popular votes is irrelevant to the truth.

"The majority of the people had no dream that Bill Clinton did what he did until a young lady had a blue dress and proved he did," Ascoli said. "And he had to come out and apologize to the world because he lied to you and me."

Gov Jan Brewer, who vetoed a bill last year to have the state demand candidates' birth certificates, sought to distance herself from her fellow Republicans.

"The bottom line is everybody's entitled to their own opinion. And I happen to disagree," she said.

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