Another suit questions McCain's citizenship
Thursday, March 20 2008 @ 12:16 AM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
McCain was born at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station, a U.S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone. His parents both were U.S. citizens; his father was a U.S. Naval officer.
Hollander argues McCain is technically a naturalized citizen and "unequivocally ineligible" to serve as president.
The Constitution requires that only "natural born" citizens hold the presidency, a term on which the Founding Fathers did not elaborate.
A McCain campaign spokeswoman says the issue was raised in 2000, when McCain last ran for president, and it was deemed ridiculous.
New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen declined to comment on the merits of Hollander's arguments, but said, "We appreciate Mr. Hollander reminding voters that Senator McCain's family has been in service to this nation since literally the day John McCain was born."
The "natural born" question has surfaced before, but has never been decided definitively by U.S. courts. Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican nominee for President, was born in Arizona three years before it became a state, but lost the general election to John F. Kennedy.
Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.nashuatelegraph.com