Friday, February 29, 2008
The constitution states that only naturally born citizens are eligible to be President. The A.P. reported that Senator McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and that the Senator asked for Solicitor General Ted Olson (also of Bush v. Gore fame) to research this issue. As the article states:
McCain himself insists the issue was put to rest when fellow Arizonan, Barry Goldwater, ran for president in 1964.
"Barry Goldwater was born in Arizona when it was a territory, Arizona was a territory, and it went all the way to the Supreme Court," McCain told reporters Thursday on his campaign plane. "And there's no doubt about that. And it was researched again in 2000."
The Panama Canal Zone was a U.S. territory when McCain was born on Aug. 29, 1936.
As for the reason for seeking Olson's opinion: "I don't know," McCain said. "Maybe my staff talked to him, but I didn't. But I have absolutely no concern about that."
"It's very clear that (the idea that) an American born in a territory of the United States whose father is serving in the military would not be eligible for the presidency of the United States is certainly not something our founding fathers envisioned." McCain's father was stationed in the Canal Zone by the Navy at the time of his birth.
Could you imagine?? What this this points out is that the consitution needs to be amended. It's simply out-dated.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein