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The co-chairman of the private organization that organizes the debates between the major presidential candidates has raised the issue of Sen. John McCain’s eligibility during the 2008 race – again.
But Frank Fahrenkopf of the Commission on President Debates, during an interview on the Fox News Channel, did not mention the numerous questions surrounding then-Sen. Barack Obama’s qualifications for the same office
And today, a spokeswoman for the organization flatly refused to comment to WND on the dispute over Obama’s eligibility.
The focus of the interview was the debates that soon are to be announced for the 2012 presidential campaign, presumably between Obama on the Democratic ticket and a still-to-be-picked candidate on the GOP side.
Fahrenkopf explained the private organization’s requirements for candidates to be included in the debates, stating that a candidate must be born in the United States.
However, the U.S. Constitution requires that a president be a “natural-born citizen,” which many have interpreted to mean the offspring of two citizens of the nation.
Also, numerous questions remain about the purported “Certificate of Live Birth” that Obama released publicly in April to support his claim to have been born in Hawaii. One questions is that since a purported copy of that record was released, why does the original remain unavailable for examination behind the locked doors of the state Department of Health.
Also, the list of unanswered questions about Obama is extensive, including why has not his original document been available for review since he purportedly released the copy. Also, there is a long list of documents for Obama’s history that remain sealed.
Among those documents are his passport records, kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, University of Chicago articles, Illinois State Bar Association records, Illinois State Senate records and schedules, medical records, an Obama/Dunham marriage license, Obama/Dunham divorce documents, a Soetoro/Dunham marriage license and adoption records.
Fahrenkopf told Fox the debate organization also requires candidates to be on enough state ballots that it is possible for them to win the 270 electoral college votes required for victory.
He said there’s also a requirement that candidates be polling at least 15 percent support.
It was in the runup to the 2008 election that Congress questioned the “natural born” qualifications of Obama’s opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain.
The scion of distinguished U.S. naval officers, McCain was born to two American parents in the Panama Canal Zone. On April 30, 2008, the U.S. Senate sought to resolve the issue by passing a nonbinding resolution, which states, “Whereas John Sidney McCain, III, was born to American citizens on an American military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936: Now, therefore, be it resolved, that John Sidney McCain, III, is a ‘natural born citizen’ under Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States.”
The resolution, supported by Obama, clearly determined “natural born” to mean born of two parents who are U.S. citizens.