By Ben Pershing
A few Senators really, really believe that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) can serve as president (not "should" serve, necessarily, but "can").
Back in late February, a New York Times story revisited the question of whether McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone (where his father was serving in the Navy), fit the constitution's requirement that the president be a "natural-born citizen" of the United States.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) quickly sprung into action, introducing a bill clarifying that children born to U.S. military personnel serving overseas can indeed grow up to be president. In a show of bipartisan magnanimity, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) signed on as a co-sponsor the bill the next day, followed by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) a few days later.
But that's about as far as the bill went. It hasn't budged out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and it only has four co-sponsors. So on Thursday, McCaskill tried again, this time introducing "a resolution recognizing that John Sidney McCain, III, is a natural born citizen." The new measure has already beaten its predecessor by picking up five co-sponsors, including Obama and Clinton again.
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