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Monday, February 25, 2008

Is McCain American enough to be President?

This was raised, as it has been elsewhere, by David Grossman of the BBC. The Founding Fathers of the US Constitution were keen to see that only "natural born" US Citzens (over 35 years old as well!) were able to run for the office of President. That little bit of legalise has been tested by previous contenders. John McCain is in the limelight now on this because he wasn't born in the United States, but in "territory" in the Panama Canal Zone.

The present governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will not be able to be president. Interesting topic, interesting debate. As Sylvestor Stallone said on the BBC's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross recently, "We're a whole nation of immigrants - so why not!"

Here's the BBC's contribution -


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