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If John McCain was not born in the US how can he become president? He was born in Panama.

Asked by jhol (5points) March 5th, 2008 from iPhone
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GD_Kimble's avatar

he’s still a U.S. citizen. It doesn’t matter where you were born, if your parents are both citizens.b

Les's avatar

@GD Kimble: yes it does. You have to be a natural born citizen. It is a job requirement of the office of the president.

cwilbur's avatar

People born outside the US to parents who are American citizens are themselves American citizens. As GD Kimble says, it doesn’t matter where you were born; if your parents are both US citizens, you are a US citizen.

The Constitutional requirement is that he be a natural-born American citizen, which he is. It does not require being born on American soil.

Les's avatar

OK, fair enough. But he was also born on US soil (military base), so there really is no question of his citizenship.

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