Post by The Horny Goat
On Tue, 06 Jun 2017 01:03:41 -0500, David Tenner
Post by David Tenner
Also, there might be senators, who, though natural born citizens of the US,
have not "been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."
Constitutionally this has been interpreted generously - thus John
McCain was eligible a navy brat born in a US navy hospital in Panama
while his father was in active naval service.
That was a "natural-born" question; and since McCain's parents were
both citizens, it was irrelevant.
The residency issue might have been applied to Herbert Hoover, who
was in Europe for an extended period during and after WW I,
as head of relief operations, or to VP candidate Richard Nixon in
1952, who had been out in the Pacific with the Navy for two years
during WW II. Several Presidents had served as ministers abroad
within 14 years of taking office, including John Adams, Jefferson,
John Quincy Adams, and Buchanan. Taft served as Resident Commissioner
in the Philippines, which was not exactly "within the United States".
However, the relevant clause states only "resident for 14 years",
not "the previous 14 years"; there is nothing barring a person
who left the U.S. at the age of 14 and lived abroad for 40 or 50
years from being elected President. The candidate need not even
be a resident of the U.S. at the time of election. That requirement
is explicit for a Senator or Representative, who must "when elected,
be an Inhabitant of that State" - but not for the President!
The real Velvet Revolution - and the would-be hijacker.