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do you have to be born in the united states to be president?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:13 PM on Dec. 4, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes
    mamapotter

    Answer by mamapotter at 7:16 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • You have to be a natural-born US Citizen (a citizen from birth - but not necessarily born in the USA, which is a common misconception).
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:18 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • A candidate for President must
    ~be a native-born,not naturalized citizen
    ~be at least 35 years old
    ~have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:21 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • yes, and Obama was.
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 7:33 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • autodidact: but he hasn't really proven it yet. still too many questions and he's not willing to be completely "transparent" which was a word from his campaign.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:45 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • That term only applies to other candidates, don't you know that?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:47 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • As of Dec 3, 2008 Hawaiian officials will not confirm" that Obama was born in their state
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:57 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • You have to be a citizen when you are born.
    If your parents are citizens and you happen to be born on a family vacation to France - you are still a US Citizen and are still eligible to be President.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 8:04 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • well...you know McCain wasnt born in the US either. he was born in Panama on a military base. so yes natural born citizens can be president. if Obama wasn't really born in US or natural born US citizen then it woulda come out by now...i mean come on. if they can find out about things way more hidden & obscure im sure they can find out where he was born
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 8:06 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • It's a little murky. You have to be born in the US, or in a territory, so long as that territory does not have it's own government. You can't be a dual-citizen, unless you have revoked your citizenship rights to the other nation. (Which is what happens if you are born to two Americans on vacation in France. You are of dual French-American citizenship.) I think it was Goldwater who first faced these issues, as he was born in AZ before it was officially a state.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:12 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

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