Sunday, December 18, 2011
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President Barack Obama talks extending payroll tax cuts, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
ATLANTA -- Five Georgia men are challenging President Barack Obama's inclusion on next year's presidential ballot, with some arguing the Democrat is not eligible for office because the Constitution says that a president must be a "natural born citizen."
The challenges have been made through the Georgia Office of the Secretary of State.
Two of the men filing the challenges are being represented by Republican state Rep. Mark Hatfield, a Waycross lawyer.
Hatfield says he believes the United States' founders intended not only for presidents to be born in the U.S. but for their parents to also have been U.S. citizens. Obama was born to an American mother and Kenyan father.
The complaints have been referred to the state administrative hearings office.