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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his advisers are doing their best to brush aside questions — raised in the liberal blogosphere — about whether he is qualified under the Constitution to be president. But many legal scholars and government lawyers say it's a serious question with no clear answer.
The problem arises from a phrase in the Constitution setting out who is eligible to be president. Article II, which also specifies that a person must be at least 35 years old, says "No person except a natural born Citizen" can be president.
Issue has come up before
This issue has been raised before in the presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater, born in Arizona territory not the United States, and George Romney, born in Mexico. But it was never resolved.
Decades before the Birther movement and the numerous challenges to Democrat Barack Obama’s constitutional right to serve as the President of the United States, the Republican Party had its own citizenship issue to deal with. On September 4, 1964 the flamboyant San Francisco attorney Melvin A. Belli filed suit to belli remove GOP presidential nominee Senator Barry M. Goldwater from the California ballot because the candidate was born in Arizona before it became a state.
It also surfaced in the 1968 candidacy of George Romney, who was born in Mexico, but again was not tested. The former Connecticut politician Lowell P. Weicker Jr., born in Paris, sought a legal analysis when considering the presidency, an aide said, and was assured he was eligible. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. was once viewed as a potential successor to his father, but was seen by some as ineligible since he had been born on Campobello Island in Canada. The 21st president, Chester A. Arthur, whose birthplace is Vermont, was rumored to have actually been born in Canada, prompting some to question his eligibility.
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
reply to post by Kristinaso
As a matter of fact, yes they did, did you even read what I posted?
For that matter do you know who started the birth certificate issue, democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton in anonymous emails.
Don't call me a liar.
Stelter's “for more than a year” time-frame would date the rumors before July 2008, before Obama’s election, and during the fiercely contested Democratic primary. Indeed, the rumor that Obama was not a U.S. citizen was initially spread in April 2008 by a group of Hillary Clinton supporters, as reported April 22 by Politico’s Ben Smith and Byron Tau:
If you haven’t been trolling the fever swamps of online conspiracy sites or opening those emails from Uncle Larry, you may well wonder: Where did this idea come from? Who started it? And is there a grain of truth there?
The answer lies in Democratic, not Republican politics, and in the bitter, exhausting spring of 2008.
Then, as Obama marched toward the presidency, a new suggestion emerged: That he was not eligible to serve.
That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship.
“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth,” asserted one chain email that surfaced on the urban legend site Snopes.com in April 2008.
Where are the same records released by all previous presidents? None of them released any more than Obama, so why demand the first black President release theirs....
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
Originally posted by SG-17
Except that he isn't a fraud. If Obama didn't have such a "funny" name and was white, there would be no birther nonsense.
Originally posted by mileslong54
After Jan 26 the next step is Impeachment and no second term. Wouldn't that be nice, getting rid of this fraud, the sooner the better.
Not true, as has been mentioned many times on the forum, Romney and McCain both had citizenship issues.
Originally posted by grey580
UGH. Back to the birth certificate thing again really?
I have posted before where I have found evidence in local Hawaiian newspapers of Obama's birth announcement.
The whole Obama BC issue is a bunch of hooey!
Now while there certainly could of been a conspiracy back in 1961 to make baby Obama president in 2008.
The chances of such a conspiracy actually being real are a huge stretch of the imagination.
One that I'm not comfortable with.