Does Sen. McCain’s place of birth rule him out of the race?

After reading the Drudge Report that Senator McCain (pictured above as an infant) may not meet the US Constitution as to the eligibility requirements to serve as president or vice president. I did some research on the net and offer the following for discussion.

Francis Steffan
John McCain Ineligible To Be President
Mon Jan 28, 2008 03:45

John McCain was born August 29, 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone, to two U.S. citizens. It’s a common misunderstanding that the zone was a U.S. territory – in fact, the U.S. had lease rights, but not territorial rights.

The US Constitution states, “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.”

No law or court ruling has ever established the precise definition of a natural born citizen. It is generally agreed that a natural born citizen of the United States is any person born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Wikipedia offers the following on this topic.

Presidential Candidates born outside of the United States

Three major candidates have sought the Presidency who were born outside the United States: Barry Goldwater, George Romney and John McCain. Barry Goldwater, who ran in 1964, was born in Arizona while it was still a U.S. territory. Although Arizona was not a state, it was a fully organized and incorporated territory of the United States, making it debatable whether or not he was born “outside” the United States. George Romney, who ran in 1968, was born in Mexico to U.S. parents. Romney’s grandfather emigrated to Mexico in 1886 with his three wives and children after Utah outlawed polygamy. Romney’s parents retained their U.S. citizenship and returned to the United States in 1912. Romney was 32 years old when he arrived in Michigan. William Loeb, the late publisher of the Manchester Union Leader dismissed him as “Chihuahua George.” John McCain, who ran in 2000 and is running in 2008, was born at the US military base Coco Solo in the Panama Canal Zone to U.S. parents. The Panama Canal Zone was under United States sovereignty between 1903 and 1979 but was unincorporated.

Questions. Do you think Senator John McCain will be challenged as to his compliance with the Constitution requirement to run for president or to serve as a vice president?

Is this why Mike Huckabee is still hanging around?

Could Mitt Romney, with his 255 pledged delegates, resurface?

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