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Post by The Prez on Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:12 am

Upon the death of Robert C. Byrd, Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii became the President pro tempore to the Senate, a position in line for the Presidency. An issue that has never really ever been concluded (despite some statutes) is whether or not Inouye, who was born in Hawaii before statehood is eligible for the Presidency. This is of course not a very important political issue, but still one that can have an interesting debate.
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Post by dohnage18 on Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:53 pm

He's 3rd in line then?

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Post by AgentW on Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:44 pm

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Post by dohnage18 on Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:45 am

So can Puerto Ricans become president? It's the same question, isn't it?

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Post by The Prez on Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:52 pm

Well yes and no, because the difference there is this: Puerto Rico is still a territory. Hawaii became a state.
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Post by J-Mads on Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:22 pm

Excuse me if I'm totally wrong, but isn't this just like the early Presidents? Born in America before it was America. Van Buren was the first President to actually be born in land that was part of the USA at the time of his birth, all the other were born on British soil that later became American soil. Considering the first 8 Presidents, I'd have to say Inouye is eligible to become President.

You could argue the first few were of necessity, but by 1824 there would have been thousands of Americans born on American soil. We still let Quincy and Jackson (and others of their age) run since they were born on what became American land. We didn't bar them from candidacy as soon as it was possible to have a true native born.

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Post by The Prez on Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:53 pm

The Constitution specifically makes reference to it and allows them to be President. It applies only to the 13 colonies.

Now here is my position: While the idea remains untested, there doesn't seem to be an issue in the media about considering people born in what was US land. There was some speculation a while back that the Governor of Puerto Rico was considering a Presidential bid. This was deemed legal. Inouye's case is even more plausible given what Luke brought up that there is past precedent for allowing people born on what became US soil to be President. Therefore, I believe Senator Inouye is in fact eligible.
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