mccain was born in panama. how come that doesn't bother you, gungadin?
The problem DTOM is that the Obama campaign appears to be stalling or dodging on this issue. It gives the appearance that he is attempting to hide something and that just whets the appetite of those who want to know. John McCain provided full and complete information and permission for access to all available documentation to settle the issue of his natural birth status. Obama could have easily provided full access to all documents and circumstances of his birth as well and put this matter to rest ages ago. But for those documents to be made available to only a few Obama-friendly sources and not to others requesting them and they have apparently not been furnished to the many judges now involved in all the various suits.
And it does beg the question, why? I don't expect there to be a problem, but if there is a problem with his legal status, don't you think it is prudent to know that before all the votes are cast on November 4?
Court Says McCain Is a US Citizen
By Stony Olsen
In yet another one of those odd quirks of this election season, both Barack Obama and John McCain have had to deal with charges that they are ineligible to run for president because they are not ''natural born citizens.''
A court has ruled that being born in Panama doesn't disqualify John McCain from running for president.
In fact, lawsuits have been filed against both candidates, but on September 16th, in Robinson v. Bowen, the court in the McCain case ruled that McCain was, in fact, eligible to be president.
The supposed problem for John McCain was simple: He was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 to two US citizens. The US Constitution, in Article II, states that ''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.'' So, of course, the question was whether McCain was a natural born citizen, seeing as he wasn’t actually born within the boundaries of the 50 US states.
The court said, however, in a nicely technical analysis of the relevant citizenship laws in effect around the time of McCain’s birth, that he was eligible according to the Constitution. However, the court further stated, pretty much, that the court itself didn’t have the ultimate say on the subject, as questions of qualifications belong to Congress and the Electoral College. In other words, standing was the determinative factor.
This result comes as no surprise. Both campaigns have pretty much left this issue alone, as both have some small controversies associated with the citizenship of their candidate. The case against Senator Obama, though, is likely to be just as easily swept out of court.
In any case, this legal hurdle is now pretty much over for Senator McCain, assuming it was ever really an issue in the first place. And thus, it was a bit of good news for McCain in a week filled with bad news.
I disapprove of the disrespectful way Gunga refers to Barack Obama. But Gunga is absolutely correct that throwing a case out of court because of a lack of standing by the one bringing the suit is very different from saying that there is no case.
Obama should do whatever it takes to provide the evidence that there is no case. If either Senator McCain or Senator Obama are ineligible to be President of the United States, we should have the right to know that before we vote.