Doctor sues to have President Barack Obama removed from Kentucky ballot

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A Louisville anesthesiologist has asked a Frankfort court to bar President
Barack Obama from the November ballot.

Dr. Todd House — who is running
for president as a write-in candidate with his wife, Suzanne Dudgeon House as
his vice presidential candidate — filed the lawsuit Aug. 10 claiming that Obama
is not a “natural born” citizen, which is required of presidential candidates by
the U.S. Constitution.

Obama’s campaign spokeswoman for Kentucky didn’t
respond to an email seeking comment.

Claims like House’s have been put
forward by Obama opponents — often called “birthers” by Obama supporters — since
he first ran for president in 2008. They claim Obama was born in the African
nation of Kenya.

About 20 similar cases have been filed across the
country. All of the cases that have come to a conclusion have been rejected by
judges — both in federal and state courts — and most have failed on technical
reasons. Courts have rejected several of the cases, ruling that those who filed
the suits didn’t have “standing” to bring them.

In an interview
Wednesday, Todd House, 52, said that he filed to run for president in part to
give him standing to file the suit but also because he opposes both Republicans
and Democrats and wanted to help get the Libertarian message out.

And he
said he wanted to bring suit because the courts are “shirking the issue” by not
addressing the merits of similar cases that have come before them. “Really, the
judiciary and the Supreme Court needs to hash this out and decide it once and
for all for the greater good of the country,” House said.

In seeking a
temporary restraining order to keep Obama off the Kentucky ballot, House claims
not only that the president was born in Kenya but that he is not eligible to be
president because his father was not a U.S. citizen.

He also claims Obama
never re-established U.S. citizenship after moving to Indonesia as a


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