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Lawsuit over President Obama's citizenship goes to court

3:31 PM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
Plaintiff Michael Voeltz and attorney Larry Klayman argue in court that President Obama is not a natural born citizen of the U.S. and should be blocked from appearing on Florida's election ballot.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida judge hears a lawsuit contending President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and consequently should not be eligible to serve as president.

Plaintiff Michael Voeltz of Plantation was in a Tallahassee courtroom Monday along with his attorney Larry Klayman to argue that President Obama should not be on Florida's election ballot in November.

Klayman contends the evidence shows Obama was most likely born in Kenya and therefore would not be eligible to serve as president.

Klayman also believes Obama's birth certificate is forged and he is not a natural born citizen because his father was not a U.S. citizen.

"The evidence shows that he was most likely born in Kenya. In fact, when he came to this country he used a different name and on some of the documentation he submitted he stated that he was a foreigner, not an American and that way he qualified for a certain type of financial aid and other aid and his first name was Barry Soetoro. He did not go by the name Barack Obama."

"Plus the birth certificate as analyzed, we've never seen an original copy. No one has and experts who have looked at that birth certificate and these are in the affidavits in the court file show that birth certificate was likely forged and altered as well as his social security card and other methods of identification."

Voeltz calls it a serious issue because he thinks Obama has anti-American attitudes that make him vulnerable to foreign influence.

"The precedent can't be set that a man like him can become president, that has the type of foreign influence that he has, who was imprinted very early with anti-American attitudes."

Klayman says he wants to bring the issue to trial so he can take depositions of Hawaiian officials about Obama's birth certificate.

The state of Florida opposes the lawsuit. Attorneys for the secretary of state argued the lawsuit has no basis because Obama has not been officially nominated yet and won't be until after the Democratic convention in September.

Judge Terry Lewis gave both sides one week to submit proposed orders to him.

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