McCain's Presidential Eligibility

2000, 2008 Questioned

Panamanian born-John McCain. This concern has led to questions of McCain's ELIGIBILITY FOR U.S. PRESIDENT in 2008?

John McCain, a 2008 presidential candidate, was born in the Panama Canal Zone, to U.S. parents, in the U.S. military, serving overseas.

Sad but true, this minor point has caused serious question of McCain's ELIGIBILITY FOR the U.S. PRESIDENENCY, 2008. The same question was raised during McCain's run for the Republican nomination in 2000 as well, where he lost.

To protect the candidate from himself, why did he not make the correction? McCain's Self-Confidence on ethics poses its own risk.

If McCain wins the presidency, the constitutionality of his eligibility could be challenged in court. Is John McCain a natural-born citizen or naturalized citizen?

The requirements for President are that one must be at least 35 years old, a "natural born citizen" of the United States, and a resident for 14 years.

The Fourteenth Amendment mentions two types of citizenship: citizenship by birth and citizenship by law (naturalized citizens): "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

That "should" include John McCain, whose parents were citizens, as well as an estimated two million others who, according to government figures, were born to U.S. parents living and working overseas.

Though it is still to be determined, I am sure it will soon be very clear. Members of Congress have expressed concern and proposed a more explicit law, or Constitutional amendment, of which neither has been adopted.

These children are no less qualified than children born on American soil, and should not be treated differently.

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