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10. Obama co-sponsored a bill with Claire McCaskill to make sure McCain is
qualified to run.

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2008/02/29/mccai... /

On Thursday, the New York Times took up the question of whether John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is even eligible for the presidency. The Constitution specifies that "no person except a natural born citizen ... shall be eligible to the office of President." This has been popularly (but never legally) interpreted as meaning that only those persons actually born in the United States were eligible. But McCain wasn't born here; he was born in the Panama Canal Zone, as his father, serving in the Navy, was stationed there at the time.

There might not have ever been much of a controversy over the issue, but one senator has taken steps to ensure that McCain will indeed be eligible. And no, the senator in question isn't a Republican trying to ensure the health of the party -- it's Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, a prominent backer of Barack Obama. McCaskill has introduced the "Children of Military Families Natural Born Citizen Act" into the Senate. McCaskill's legislation, which she wrote by hand on a notepad after reading the Times article, specifies a new part of the definition of "natural born citizen," which, if the bill passes, would include "any person born to any citizen of the United States while serving in the active or reserve components of the United States Armed Forces."

Obama himself is now cosponsoring the bill.
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  -Help our nominee let's bring a civil case in October! aasleka  May-20-08 04:03 PM   #0 
  - Overseas Military or State Dept Foreign Svc families are considered to be US born  crankychatter   May-20-08 04:05 PM   #1 
  - Check the link, current US state department policy does NOT consider  aasleka   May-20-08 04:07 PM   #3 
  - Dead issue.... already resolved with Barry Goldwater, who was  scheming daemons   May-20-08 04:06 PM   #2 
  - It was a territory but there was clarification in 41' on the law. Being inside the continental US  aasleka   May-20-08 04:08 PM   #4 
     - Wouldnt that also disqualify Obama being born outside the  DearAbby   May-20-08 04:11 PM   #7 
        - Hawaii was a state when he was born.  rug   May-20-08 04:14 PM   #12 
           - But not in the Continental US as the Poster stated...n/t  DearAbby   May-20-08 04:29 PM   #17 
              - There was no such thing other than the Continental U.S. in 1941.  Zynx   May-20-08 05:13 PM   #30 
                 - true  DearAbby   May-20-08 05:34 PM   #36 
  - If McCain is ruled not eligible to be a candidate....who will it be?  DearAbby   May-20-08 04:08 PM   #5 
  - good point... I'd be happy to be wrong but... yeah... who next? - nt  crankychatter   May-20-08 04:11 PM   #8 
  - Obama co-sponsored legislation that would allow McCain to run. I think Hillary signed on too btw.  Texas Hill Country   May-20-08 04:47 PM   #19 
  - This is the sort of thing  reflection   May-20-08 04:10 PM   #6 
  - I agree  DearAbby   May-20-08 04:12 PM   #9 
  - double agree. n/t  rucky   May-20-08 04:14 PM   #11 
  - Agree nt  WesDem   May-20-08 04:47 PM   #20 
  - Obama co-sponsored a bill with Claire McCaskill to make sure McCain is  NYCGirl   May-20-08 04:12 PM   #10 
  - Damn, I respect that dude!  aasleka   May-20-08 04:19 PM   #13 
  - Old news  DangerDave921   May-20-08 04:20 PM   #14 
  - McCain is full qualified to run(mental is another story)...  whistler162   May-20-08 04:21 PM   #15 
  - I hope there is a "lawsuit" so that another court can repeat what has been decided in the past..  suston96   May-20-08 04:24 PM   #16 
  - Yeah as was said citizenship is granted by bloodline or birthright  aasleka   May-20-08 05:08 PM   #26 
  - That would go over really well. The reason McCain happened to be  Vinca   May-20-08 04:45 PM   #18 
  - Umm that is the reason they fight, to protect the constitution  aasleka   May-20-08 05:02 PM   #23 
  - for the love of reason.  cali   May-20-08 04:49 PM   #21 
  - yeah, questions and debate are "disrupting"  aasleka   May-20-08 05:15 PM   #32 
     - you're peddling bullshit with a vengeance  cali   May-20-08 05:20 PM   #33 
        - Please point out which of my links you disagree with, what parts of my arguement  aasleka   May-20-08 05:35 PM   #37 
           - Here's what's clueless: Obama is supporting legislation to  cali   May-20-08 05:41 PM   #40 
              - heh, clueless see post #13  aasleka   May-20-08 05:44 PM   #42 
  - McCain is a citizen under the INA Act 303. Let it go please.  kwenu   May-20-08 05:01 PM   #22 
  - exactly my point, the "strict" constitutionalists that populate the SCoTUS  aasleka   May-20-08 05:10 PM   #27 
  - depends on the interpretation of the law... if your parents are american citizens, no matter where  Texas Hill Country   May-20-08 05:10 PM   #28 
     - /sigh, no, you would be a naturalised citizen  aasleka   May-20-08 05:14 PM   #31 
     - no, i am not a naturalized citizen.  Texas Hill Country   May-20-08 05:39 PM   #38 
     - George Washington was born in Virginia Colony, British America, NOT the U.S.A.  kwenu   May-20-08 05:22 PM   #34 
        - that was the same exemption McGovern got with Arizona. you have to be born in a state of what has  Texas Hill Country   May-20-08 05:41 PM   #39 
        - natural born or citizen as of the date of signing  aasleka   May-20-08 05:43 PM   #41 
           - I give up. Proceed with the suit against McCain.  kwenu   May-20-08 07:00 PM   #43 
  - Um, no.  PeterU   May-20-08 05:05 PM   #24 
  - Great idea, first we soften him up by attacking him because he looks funny when he tries to  2rth2pwr   May-20-08 05:07 PM   #25 
  - yeah personally serving in the military does not give you "special" rights  aasleka   May-20-08 05:13 PM   #29 
  - Leave it to Ron Paul folk. It would more scupper our chances if we did it. u  barack the house   May-20-08 05:29 PM   #35 
  - Barack Obama has Already Sponsored LEgislation  IWantAnyDem   May-20-08 07:04 PM   #44 
 

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