The U.S. Constitution does say that “No person except a natural born Citizen…shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
While McCain was born outside the boundaries of the United States, he was born to two U.S. citizens. The law does, however, pretty much clear up this question in 8 USC 1401:
(c) a person born outside of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United States and one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions, prior to the birth of such person
If being born outside the boundaries of the U.S. meant that citizens weren’t considered “natural born,” there would be a host of children born overseas to U.S. service men and women who were considered ineligible for the presidency. Having been a serviceman who has served overseas for several years, I can tell you that no one considers this to be the case.
The Constitutional provision requiring the president to be “natural born” was intended to prevent foreign-born persons, who might have national or ethnic ties or loyalties, from ascending to the helm of our nation. It was not intended to prohibit children from growing up to become president, who would in every other way than the location of their birth be fully recognized as natural American citizens.
I’m no McCain fan, but this is silly. Our “mainstream” media insults the American people when they put forth misleading stories such as this. It’s no wonder that, as the Media Research Center points out, only 24% of people have a favorable opinion of the New York Times.
This is also on the heels of their unfounded piece last week alleging a sex scandal between McCain and a lobbyist. Why don’t they improve their accuracy rating by changing their name from the New York Times to the DNC Times?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even journalists. But when the NY Times and other media outlets come out with slanted and misleading articles, why not do us the favor of at least admitting, “We’re a liberal outlet.” At least then there’d be some “truth in advertising.”