Newt Gingrich could face some tough questions when he appears in Atlanta on Thursday.
The former House Speaker is scheduled to join Gov. Nathan Deal (R) at an afternoon meeting at the state Capitol. The two men, who served together in Congress, will then hold a joint presser on " how to reassert importance of the 10th Amendment and identify overbearing federal regulations."
In addition to questions about his presidential aspirations, Gingrich may be asked whether he supports the so-called "birther" bill moving through Georgia's legislature.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constituion:
House Bill 401 would not allow a candidate on the ballot until the Secretary of State receives “adequate evidence of such person’s eligibility for election” to those offices. The bill’s sponsor is Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross, but has huge backing with other GOP members.
“I think the issue with our sitting president has been left unresolved for a significant length of time that people have concerns,” Hatfield said. “But this is not just about our current president. It’s about enforcing the constitutional provisions for anyone who seeks the office of presidency.”
The proposal is a slight change from a similar bill from Hatfield last year. That bill would have required presidential candidates in Georgia to file an affidavit swearing to be a natural-born citizen.
Both measures are inspired by the "birther" movement that believes President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. The claim has been widely disproved when Hawaii released records of Obama’s birth, but it remains a popular sentiment among some factions.
A spokesman for Gingrich did not respond to a request for comment. Last fall, Gingrich drew criticism for saying that Obama may follow a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview. Some observers suggested his comment fueled "the myth mongering" that Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen.