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Really.  He was born in the Panama Canal Zone, a bit of Central American real estate controlled by the US until President Carter gave it back to Panama.    This is by no means and advocacy for McCain, as there’s no way I’d ever, ever vote for him.  However, his candidacy highlights something overseas and military brats, as far as I remember, have often argued about:  are Americans born on foreign soil eligible to run for the presidency?  The answer is yes, because with McCain, the answer is thus:  “natural born citizen” refers to parentage, not location of one’s birth.  The Washington Post’s Ken Rudin explains it thus, in a post  that dates back 10 years:

Some might define the term “natural-born citizen” as one who was born on United States soil. But the First Congress, on March 26, 1790, approved an act that declared, “The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States.” That would seem to include McCain, whose parents were both citizens and whose father was a Navy officer stationed at the U.S. naval base in Panama at the time of John’s birth in 1936.


One Comment

  1. Well put.

    I am a Canal Zone brat. And with that tag I was always and forever shall be an American.

    The game is on for President. McCain shall put on his war gear for this battle and in the end will be victorious.


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