McCain not an alien

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Sen. John McCainChairman Patrick J. Leahy
  • McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries

    \ \ \ “Do you have any doubt in your mind? I mean, I have none in mine,” Leahy said in questioning Chertoff.\ \ \ Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution reads, in part: “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.”\ \ \ The question of what it means to be a “natural born citizen” has never been decided. McCain’s parents were stationed at a military base in the Canal Zone in 1936, when he was born.\ \ \ Stephen Dinan, national political reporter, The Washington Times
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