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deliberate coverup at this point with actions taken to further stifle anyone from speaking about it indirect violation of the 1st Amendment.So, the sequence of events as Obama continued to gain traction in the Democratic primaries with the other front-runner, Clinton, seems to be this:1. DNC fires a warning shot over the bow of McCain's ship about his eligibility issues, sometime around February,and things unfold during the campaign itself which "develop" the issue but which aren't very well tracked byMSM. But the issue was in fact an old one, and you can trace it all the way back to 1998 ...http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/junkie/archive/junkie070998.htm
Citizen McCain's Panama Problem?
By Ken RudinSpecial to washingtonpost.com
Thursday, July 9, 1998Question:
I would like to see Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as a presidential candidate, but I heardthat he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. The Constitution requires that a president be a "naturalborn" citizen of the United States. Is Sen. McCain barred from the presidency? – Steven R. Pruett,Falls Church, Va.
John McCain has more pressing worries than eligibility on the road to the Republicanpresidential nomination in 2000. After his lead role in pushing campaign-finance and tobaccolegislation, both anathema to the Senate GOP leadership, the Arizona senator may have to spend alot of time trying to prove his party credentials before he ever gets to Iowa or New Hampshire. But ishe constitutionally qualified to become president? McCain was indeed born in the Canal Zone, andArticle II of the Constitution plainly states that "no person except a natural born Citizen... shall beeligible to the Office of President." Some might define the term "natural-born citizen" as one whowas born on United States soil. But the First Congress, on
March 26, 1790
, approved an act thatdeclared, "The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or outside thelimits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States." Thatwould seem to include McCain, whose parents were both citizens and whose father was a Navyofficer stationed at the U.S. naval base in Panama at the time of John's birth in 1936. "He meets therequirement of U.S. citizenship in order to be eligible for president," said McCain spokespersonNancy Ives. (For the record, McCain says the only thing on his plate is his bid for a third Senate termin November, though he is seen as a shoo-in.)The citizenship question has come up in past presidential campaigns. George Romney, the lateMichigan governor and a leading aspirant for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination, was bornin Chihuahua, Mexico. His support nose-dived following his September 1967 statement that he was"brainwashed" by the U.S. military during a visit to Vietnam.But during the period when he was still being touted as the only Republican who could defeatPresident Lyndon Johnson, Romney's opponents often raised the issue of his eligibility. WilliamLoeb, the late publisher of the Manchester Union Leader who made his conservative views wellknown to New Hampshire primary voters, simply dismissed Romney as
ButRomney was eligible. Romney’s grandfather emigrated to Mexico in 1886 with his three wives andchildren after Congress outlawed polygamy. Romney and his parents, who retained their U.S.