So, help me understand – because the state of New Jersey doesn’t have a law requiring the president to prove his eligibility, he doesn’t have to do it. The Constitution clarifies this for us, doesn’t it? [“Obama attorney: ‘Mickey Mouse’ could be on ballot”]
Section 1 of Article 2 of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as president of the United States:
“No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
The 12th Amendment states, “No person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” The 14th Amendment does not use the phrase natural-born citizen. It does provide that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
It’s troubling that we have folks that skirt the Constitution on both sides of the aisle: Marco Rubio being mentioned for the GOP and our president. As I watch the laws being passed through the Senate and House, it becomes clearer to me that NEITHER party regards the Constitution.
Bill Weigle Jr.