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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-28-09 01:20 AM
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76. So, the law changed.
The constitution does not say "considered a natural born citizen at the time of his birth, based on the laws when and where he was born".

It says:
"No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

Case law is a bit messier:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural-born_citizen

Where in any given year, who was legally "natural born" could (and did) change.

Note that McCain/Obama aren't the first to be raked over the coals:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural-born_citizen#Presi...
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