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PuppyLvr June 2nd, 2014 5:04am

Should a citizen who wasn't born in the US be allowed to become president?

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OhTheIrony Learning from you
06/02/14 12:07 am

Your place of birth should never be a qualifying factor for anything, imo.

I see the Presidency as a job. We the people who elect the President are the employers.

Birth origin is not a differentiating factor in any job I've applied for...

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OhTheIrony Learning from you
06/02/14 12:10 am

...and should not be one here.

Country of origin does not affect how qualified someone is for the Presidency.

Why should anyone be denied the opportunity to be the President simply because they moved to America after they were born?

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PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
06/01/14 10:07 pm

I'm a bit torn on this, but I think they should be allowed to as long as they've been a citizen for a certain number of years.

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elianastar Gab.ai FreeSpeech
06/02/14 6:58 am

A natural born "citizen" *can* be born outside US: children born to military & diplomatic corps are "natural born citizens." Children born to American citizens not on USA soil are citizen. If that's kind of thing you are asking: yes. Otherwise: no.

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Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
06/01/14 10:24 pm

Before you ask: I was born and raised in Germany, moved to America, love it, am meanwhile a legal resident but not yet citizen, and even if I were, I'd disqualify myself, and this comes from an immigrant.

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KingRodney Enjoy the Decline
06/02/14 7:34 am

If they're a legal citizen and aren't incompetent than I'll allow it.

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political Georgia
06/02/14 6:51 am

He is considered a natural born citizen, smarty pants.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/01/14 10:28 pm

The constitution uses the term "natural born citizen", not "born on US soil" or similar, so it seems clear that anyone who is a US citizen from birth would qualify.

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rons Thanks America
06/03/14 4:43 am

Maybe we could get Putin in 2016!

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political Georgia
06/01/14 11:05 pm

Mother was US citizen, therefore making him an American.

If it is not that, there is some other weird circumstance that makes him a US citizen.

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commonsense America isnt racist
06/01/14 10:11 pm

Why would I want a foreign national running my country?

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CTYankee!!! Connecticut
06/02/14 4:59 am

The world's wealthy will then try to buy the US predidency

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/01/14 10:39 pm

A citizen born in the US to American parents, who moved with them overseas as a baby and didn't return until he was fully adult would qualify without question, yet might feel the same conflict.

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political Georgia
06/01/14 11:03 pm

He was born on a military base or something like that. He is perfectly fine in that regards. Now, his politics is screwed up.

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Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
06/01/14 11:37 pm

Yup. My main argument is that a state governor doesn't have the conflict of interest I mentioned, because he usually doesn't deal in international affairs. The potus has to.

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MrWolfe Nashville
06/01/14 10:13 pm

John McCain was born in Panama, DERPITY DERP DERP

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/01/14 10:22 pm

Maybe. Not someone who was born a foreign citizen then naturalized, but one who was a full US citizen at birth regardless of their place of birth, yes. Born to a US citizen serving in the military or as a diplomat overseas, for example.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/01/14 10:29 pm

I don't see how it makes any difference where they were raised, as long as they are a natural-born citizen.

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moonshot More often I know nothing
06/02/14 2:04 am

If your mother goes on vacation, or on a business trip while pregnant, and births you in another country, you are still a full fledged, natural born citizen fully qualified (at least for in this respect) to run for President.

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moonshot More often I know nothing
06/02/14 2:05 am

Of course assuming that your mother is a U.S. citizen when you are born.

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commonsense America isnt racist
06/01/14 10:41 pm

Agreed. All political posts okay save POTUS.

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MrWolfe Nashville
06/01/14 11:17 pm

That's not what the question asked. Let's get our reading comprehension down, mmmmay?

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Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
06/01/14 10:21 pm

No, as much as they may love America, since they were born, and probably spent part of their life, elsewhere, there is a conflict of interest. I definitely know what I'm talking about here ;)

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Posco BBQ Enthusiast
06/01/14 10:22 pm

Exactly! If your birth certificate doesn't read USA then get out of my Oval Office.

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Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
06/01/14 10:26 pm

That's different, I think the question aims at people born and raised in a foreign country then moved to the US.

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nicolebliss31
06/03/14 8:08 am

No! He or she has to be born in the U.S!

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GrandmaALiCE
06/03/14 8:13 am

Let's take, for example, somebody like my husband. Born in Germany. Came here at 5 years old. Became a citizen with his parents, as a young child. Raise as an American and never knew anything else. No living relatives abroad. Although ...

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GrandmaALiCE
06/03/14 8:14 am

... he never had any *desire* to be President, it does strike me as odd that the Constitution would not have allowed it.

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political Georgia
06/02/14 7:44 am

My answer is yes!

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gramps
06/03/14 5:56 pm

To me it doesn't matter where birth takes place as long as 1 or both parents are citizens, just the way it is now.

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krayzewolf New Hampshire
06/01/14 11:29 pm

No. Friggen. Way.

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meaning Red Stick
06/02/14 6:54 am

I believe they are born a citizen anyways in this scenarios.

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elianastar Gab.ai FreeSpeech
06/02/14 8:56 am

I answered poll question elsewhere. Calm down.

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OhTheIrony Learning from you
06/02/14 12:04 am

I think he's being sarcastic.

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ScrewU Gone
06/03/14 7:52 am

The founders specifically limited that post to a person with no foreign family entanglements. That still makes sense to me.

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political Georgia
06/02/14 7:00 am

Correct which is why I am changing my answer!

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rstuhr western new york
06/03/14 5:37 am

Only if they were a citizen at birth

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PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
06/01/14 10:12 pm

The question specified that they're a citizen.

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ScrewU Gone
06/03/14 4:04 am

That's precisely the reason for that requirement.

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MrWolfe Nashville
06/01/14 10:21 pm

I know, I know... reading comprehension is hard. Good luck in the future. Little fella!

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MrWolfe Nashville
06/01/14 10:26 pm

"That's why we need Ted Cruz in 2016, because he'll straighten these kind of things out!" - The Tea Party

wait, what?! OOOOOPS! :-D

chinito Florida
06/02/14 4:48 am

Usually know but with few exceptions. Like if the mother was outside the country serving the country (Like an ambassador, military...)

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
06/01/14 10:30 pm

@commonsense: I mostly agree, but do you think foreign born Arnold Schwarzenegger did a good job running California? I'd say yes, so political posts below potus ok, just not the whole nine yards.

blockey
06/03/14 8:00 pm

Who's wealthier than the American wealthy already buying our elections?

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
06/01/14 10:33 pm

I think the question mostly aims at the possible conflict of interest if you grew up in a different culture, no matter your legal status.