Skip to comments.Is John McCain Ineligible to Be President?
Posted on 01/31/2008 9:55:48 AM PST by Perdogg
Pundits are now writing obituaries for Sen. John McCain's sinking campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
I hereby join them with a fundamental question: Does the Arizona senator fulfill our Constitution's eligibility requirements to be president?
Like several other prominent American politicians, John McCain was not born in the United States.
Article II of the Constitution specifies that "no person except a natural born Citizen . . . shall be eligible to the Office of President."
Because of this, California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, born in Austria in 1947, is ineligible to be president. He moved to the United States in 1968 and became a U.S. citizen in 1983.
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If he was born on a U.S. military base (which I’m guessing he was?), then that is U.S. soil. The writer doesn’t make it clear, however, whether he was born on or off base.... which leads me to believe it was on base.
He’s eligible. This has been settled.
McCain can be fought on so many legitimate levels but calling him on being born outside the US is silly.
McCain was the son of a military man born on a US naval base. He is a US citizen.
I myself an an Air Force brat born in Spain on a military base. I am a US citizen from day one. To say otherwise is very dishonest.
According to Wikipedia.
Doesn’t matter. Children of military personnel stationed overseas are born citizens, whether they’re born on base or off.
Only if he was delivered by C section. Is that not how we should be interpreting ‘natural born citizen’?
By every other measure, he’s plenty eligible. Able is certainly an arguable point.
Lowell Ponte is out of his mind.
Consider the source...Newsmax.
This is an example of why I stopped reading Newsmax.
why is this article resurfacing?
Thats were my dad was stationed in WWII. Weird.
Was JM dad the base commander?
Another thing that really bothers me about McCain. At the last debate, McCain would sit back, hands folded and with a big smerk on his face. I got the impression that he felt the debate was a waste of time....that he already won.
It actually doesn’t matter if it was on base or not. We’ve long since established that the birth clause is to establish citizenship and not exclude the accidental birth to an American tourist or servicemember abroad. A state department declaration of citizenship at birth is legally the same as being born here.
There are too many other reasons this man shouldn’t be President, but this argument is a losing one.
News Max sucks. I ordered a Reagan hat from them 4 years ago and ended up with no hat and a subscription to thier C$(& magazine.
I did a search, it wasn’t listed.
“And most of us agree that it would be unfair to deny presidential eligibility to patriotic citizens born to parents serving overseas in the U.S. military. Such people are likely to be among the most patriotic and worthy of Americans.
But the Constitutionally-mandated term “natural born citizen” remains subject to reinterpretation by future Supreme Courts. “
I was born on an Army base in Germany. Both parents were from Michigan. When I turned 18 I had two options, join the military for US Citizenship or sign a form stating I was going to be an American. You have the option when born abroad to have duel-citizenship so I could have declared I was both American and German.