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These Presidents were born on British soil and their parents were not U.S. citizens.
Just a little fun fact ... not meant to prove a point.
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Don't be scared, FBN, people DO click the link now and then. We saw the portraits there
S&L seems to make the point that, for example, Virginia was British soil at the time of Washington's birth, which is quite a good point to bring up, should any court trial ever result. This brings up the question of why you could not have a baby in the 'zone and have citizenship apply, however, as you could in Virginia - just an example.
The answer seems to be that the "British Soil" in North America seems to have been the soil the founders considered American soil, and it seems to have been grandfathered in as such.
Of course, if in defense of McCain a clever attorney attempts to have all the presidencies from Washington to Jackson nullified ex-post-facto as a concommitant to McCain's own candidacy going kaput, I think that tactic will meet with a public backlash.
So, since the Canal Zone was not part of the original territories won from the Brits in the late 18th century, probably a whole other principle will have to pertain. Otherwise, Imelda Marcos, born in the Philippines during a period of American sovereignty, would seem to have just as much a right as McCain to run.
I do love the Obama/McCaskill bill, assuming this is a "current event" rather than something posted early in the year. It's hilarious, and typical of his approach: "I am fighting for McCain's right to run even if he wasn't born in the United States."
Since it got no press, it sounds like it has no wheels, unless this was a story from the last few days and it just hasn't got any press yet. Or maybe it's the Dems' "October Surprise," just left languishing around on page A-32 until it's time to spring it. But most likely, it just plain got no press, since the right wing controlled media chooses to ignore serious issues in favor of questions of middle names and the like.
I'm sure there's something far more swiftboaty on the right of the aisle awaiting us all, so I don't think this is much of a slam dunk for purposes of October Surprising.