Senate Judiciary Committee Reaffirms McCain’s “Natural Born” Status

WASHINGTON (Thursday, April 24, 2008) – The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed a resolution introduced earlier this month by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) expressing the sense of the Senate that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive Republican nominee for the presidency, is constitutionally eligible to run for President of the United States.  McCain is expected to be named the Republican party’s nominee for the November election.

The bipartisan resolution is also supported by Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), both candidates for the Democratic nomination to the presidency, as well as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).  The resolution was introduced April 10 to address press reports questioning whether McCain is legally able to hold the office of President of the United States.  The resolution clarifies that McCain, who was born to American parents on an American Naval base in the Panama Canal Zone, meets the constitutional requirement that the president be a natural born citizen.

“The Senate should adopt this resolution and put to rest any question of Senator McCain’s status as a ‘natural born Citizen’,” said Leahy.  “There is no doubt in my mind that he is eligible to run for President of the United States.”

“John McCain and his father served their country with honor,” said McCaskill.  “We should all, quickly and with a sense of purpose, clear the air of any question on his eligibility to run for president.”

McCain was born to American citizens on an American military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936.  Since 1983, has served in the U.S. Congress representing Arizona in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.


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