Clinton, Obama Agree: McCain Can Be President
Though they appear likely to fight on for several more weeks on the campaign trail, the Democratic presidential candidates are now united on at least one point: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) should be able to serve in the White House.
Last week, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced a bill to clarify that children born to U.S. military personnel serving overseas can grow up to be president. The issue arose after a New York Times story revived the debate over whether McCain -- who was born in the Panama Canal zone, where his parents were stationed at a military installation -- can be president. The constitution says only a "natural-born citizen" can hold the post, and legal experts say the Supreme Court has never made clear exactly what "natural-born" means.
After McCaskill introduced the bill Feb. 28, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) jumped on the next day as a co-sponsor. After a weekend to think about the issue (though she may have had other things on her mind), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) signed on to the bill Monday, and Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are also backing it.
So while neither Obama nor Clinton thinks McCain would be a good president, they are at least gracious enough to allow that he CAN be president. Who said bipartisanship was dead?
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