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Senator: Eligibility is up to the voters

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    Feb 18, 2006
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    A U.S. senator has suggested that voters have made Barack Obama eligible to occupy the Oval Office, whether or not he meets the constitutional mandate of being a "natural born" citizen.

    The comments from Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., came in an e-mail sent to a constituent shortly after the election, which just now was forwarded to WND.

    The constituent had asked about Martinez's perspective on the issue on which WND and others have reported: claims made by dozens of lawsuits around the country that Obama might not meet the constitutional qualification for various reasons.

    "Presidential candidates are vetted by voters at least twice – first in the primary elections and again in the general election. President-Elect Obama won the Democratic Party's nomination after one of the most fiercely contested presidential primaries in American history," Martinez responded.

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  2. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club

    Apr 8, 2003
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    So if voters were to vote and nominiate a 30 year old, and he won the general election - then that double vote would overuule the constituion?
  3. JustChristian

    JustChristian New Member

    Jun 12, 2007
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    I don't think the following statement from this article is accurate.

    "The District Court dismissed Mr. [Philip] Berg's suit and held that the question of Obama's citizenship is not a matter for a court to decide. The court further noted that voters, not courts, should decide whether a particular presidential candidate is qualified to hold office," he wrote.

    The court did hold that Mr. berg was not qualified to bring this suit to the court. I'm not an expert on why this was the case but that's what they ruled. The Supreme Court (dominated by conservative justices) has refused to hear any of these cases. The Supreme Court does have the responsibility of ruling on the constitutionality of an action if it's brought to the court in the correct manner and if the court decides to hear the case. This hasn't happened.