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J.D. Hayworth doubles down on the 'birther bill'

The former congressman, who's still running a strong primary race against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), explains his position on local legislation to require proof of citizenship from presidential candidates.

We now require voters to offer proof that voters are who they say they are. If we're asking that of voters, shouldn't we ask candidates for every office on the ballot to be able to offer proof that they are who they say they are?

As the headline says, he doesn't think the current legislation goes far enough. That's more or less what Hayworth spokesman Jason Rose told me back in March, when the McCain campaign started hitting him on this.

It should apply to anyone seeking any office. When J.D. goes to the polls he has to provide an ID, so why have a different, lesser, standard for this office?

McCain's decision to make an issue out of Hayworth's indulgence of the fringe is one of the more unpredictable gambits of 2010. A substantial chunk of the state's GOP base agrees with Hayworth, if we extrapolate from national polls.

By David Weigel  |  April 26, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Fringe  
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