As a Montana resident, I was extremely embarrassed by Anderson Cooper’s recent interview with Rep. Bob Wagner, R-Harrison, on CNN (see “etc.” Feb. 17, 2011). Wagner stated: “We in Montana are going to require anyone running for president to file proof of U.S. birth and citizenship with our state before they can be placed on the ballot.” When Cooper challenged him on how this related to his views of President Obama, Wagner avoided answering the question.
Cooper told Wagner Hawaii had supplied a notarized, stamped and sealed document proving President Obama’s birth. Newspaper announcements were also published at the time of his birth. Wagner dodged the question of whether these serve as proof. When Cooper stated that the documents were accepted by the IRS and the U.S. Passport office as sufficient evidence of someone’s citizenship, Wagner refused to acknowledge it. He continued to say, “We in Montana don’t accept…,” etc.
I resent being included in his “we” and he certainly does not speak for me! How dare he include all Montanans in his statement. I certainly hope my friends and family who live in other states did not see the interview, for they might think I agree with Wagner’s unconstitutional and radical thinking.