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McCain's Eligibility Challenged

Seven years after the GOP threw everything they could think of as an argument to tilt the contested Florida vote in Bush's favor, their nominee is getting a taste of that medicine.

Two lawsuits filed this week challenge John McCain, an American citizen born to his Naval officer father serving in Panama, and his eligibility to serve as President of the United States. The suits hinge on the requirement that the President be a "natural born citizen."

This is all horseshit, of course, as a child born to American citizens on a US military base are American citizens. According to his Wikipedia entry, "McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in Panama within the then-American-controlled Panama Canal Zone to Navy officer John S. McCain, Jr. (1911–1981) and Roberta (Wright) McCain (b. 1912)."

So, while I think the challenge to his eligibility as not being " a natural born citizen" is bunk, it's funny to see legal loopholes and shenanigans pester the GOP's candidate since the Democratic nominees are busy pestering each other.



Somehow, I don't think this will disqualify McCain, nor should it. If we're lucky, we might finally get a legal definition as to what a "natural born citizen" is. I mean, is there such a thing as an unnatural born citizen?

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