This is coolbert:
Thanks here to the New Duranty Times. A/k/a as the New York Times.
John Mc Cain is not eligible to be President? As a former military dependent, IS NOT A NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES! Does not meet constitutional muster!!
[Mc Cain as a military dependent was born in the American Canal Zone, Panama, NOT within the contiguous forty eight states as they existed at the time .]
Could it be so!!?? Seems unbelievable, does it not!!??
Senator Patrick Leahy ONLY TODAY proposed a special law that would clarify this situation and "allow" persons born "overseas" as military dependents to be eligible for the Presidency without qualification even being controversial.
"McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out"
The question of birthright eligibility has been raised about other candidates for the Presidency. To include:
* "LOWELL P. WEICKER JR. of Connecticut, born in Paris"
* "GEORGE ROMNEY, born in Mexico"
* "BARRY GOLDWATER was born in the Arizona territory in 1909, before it became a state.
* "CHESTER A. ARTHUR [actually was elected President] was born in Vermont, but rumors suggested it was Canada."
"WASHINGTON — The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming."
The U.S. Constitution is quite clear on this matter:
"only a 'natural-born citizen' can hold the nation’s highest office."
HOWEVER, THE ACTUAL DEFINITION OF WHAT IS A "natural-born citizen" HAS NEVER BEEN CATEGORICALLY RESOLVED!!?? ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO MILITARY DEPENDENTS BORN "OVERSEAS"??!!
“'There are powerful arguments that Senator McCain or anyone else in this position is constitutionally qualified, but there is certainly no precedent,' said Sarah H. Duggin, an associate professor of law at Catholic University who has studied the issue extensively. 'It is not a slam-dunk situation.'”
"multiple experts and scholarly reviews say the issue has never been definitively resolved by either Congress or the Supreme Court."
“There is some ambiguity because there has never been a court case on what ‘natural-born citizen’ means.”
“But it is certainly not a frivolous issue.”
Senator Graham of South Carolina also has weighed in on the issue and says it IS a matter of concern [not excessively so??]. Lindsay Graham at one point was a senior JAG [legal] officer in the U.S. Air Force!
NOT a frivolous issue!! NOT a slam-dunk!!
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