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Originally posted by Kr0n0s
reply to post by robwerden
However, this is interesting. I believe he would be the first president ever to be born in a foreign country..
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
Originally posted by buddhasystem
Originally posted by Djarums
reply to post by buddhasystem
Laws are often unfair, Jarums. Let's say his mother's waters broke when she was outside the base in a town 30 miles away, and she was rushed to a local hospital where whe gave birth to a healthy boy. Is he still eligible?
Yes, he's eligible, as the child of American citizens serving in the U. S. military. There are millions of us!
Putting McCain up as the nominee is bad enough with his liberal legislation record already being used against him by other Republicans running against him. A bomb shell swift vote like this that puts his eligibility in question will destroy any chance of the Republicans maintaining the White House.
Originally posted by robwerden
What does it say about our society that no one is talking about this when it is clearly a subject that could destroy his run for the nomination.
My feeling is the Democrats are saving this for the General Election. Something like this could be pulled out the day before the general election vote to destroy the chances of the Republican party from getting the White House.
Is it common practice for a country to only consider people being born in the country for head of state, or only in the USA? Honestly, what is the difference between someone who arrived in the country, when he/she was 1 year old and someone born there? If you are accepted as an immigrant and obtain the US citizenship, you have all the same rights as someone born in the USA, isn't (right to vote, became a politician in various place, city, state, etc.), so why restrict it for president?
Originally posted by Djarums
Being born to American citizens who are serving their country and making sacrifices living on a United States Military base does NOT exclude one from running for President.
Constitutional Topic: Citizenship (emphasis added)
Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in those gaps. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"
Anyone born inside the United States.
Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.