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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Is John McCain eligible for Office?

Where were ya born, son?

Article 2 -Clause 5 of the United States Constitution: Qualifications for office
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

By the time of their inauguration, the President and Vice President must be:

* natural born citizens (or citizens at the time of the Constitution's adoption)
* at least thirty-five years old
* inhabitants for at least fourteen years of the United States.

The natural born citizen clause is a subject of debate. No law or court ruling has ever established the precise definition of a natural born citizen. It is generally agreed that a natural born citizen of the United States is any person born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. But it is not firmly agreed if this definition should also include persons born in United States overseas territories or persons born to United States citizens living abroad.

To date, no one has been nominated for President or Vice President by a major political party. Mitt Romney's father, George Romney, ran unsuccessfully in the 1968 primaries (Like father, like son). He was born in Mexico. . .

However, the almost certain GOP nominee this year, John McCain,was born on August 29, 1936, at the Coco Solo Air Base in the then American-controlled Panama Canal Zone! While I certainly do not wish to give the Republicans a way to eliminate him, the question must be asked - IS John McCain eligible to run for president??

There is currently a movement to abolish the natural born citizen clause and allow immigrants to be President, thereby also eliminating the controversies regarding the definition of natural born. It has received exceptional support from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who was born in Austria. However, as the law now stands. . .John McCain? Where were ya born, son??

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Blogger Stan Matuska said...

I did not know that. The next question is "do we or do we not want him as the Republican nominee in order to have a Democratic president elected?".

title="comment permalink">February 07, 2008 11:04 PM  
Blogger Hill said...


Let's see now.

The presumptive repuke nominee was born outside the physical boundary of the U.S.


So is Lou Pendejo Dobbs using his smelling salts right now or what?


title="comment permalink">February 08, 2008 5:59 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Stan - He's likely the most threatening GOP candidate, due to his MOR stances.

Hill - Dobbs is DEFINITELY changing his drawers!

title="comment permalink">February 08, 2008 11:36 PM  

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