American President?

John McCain‘s new campaign slogan:

John McCain: The American president Americans have been waiting for.

Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution

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.

Which is to say that every American President has been an American President. This ad is a clear signal that the McCain campaign and likely the GOP more generally are going to push narratives that imply that Barack Obama would not be an “American president.”

Mother Jones and TPM: Election Central have more.

4 thoughts on “American President?

  1. Hmm, I’m not expert on the legality of citizenship when someone is born in the Panama Canal Zone. I’m inclined to think any questions of his citizenship would reflect poorly on the rights we grant our military members serving abroad, but would this make McCain our first Latino president?


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