Who CAN be president?

John McCain’s proposal of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin raised questions in my circle. Most particularly, what qualifications must one have to BE President of the United States and Vice President.

The U.S. Constitution requires that the individual be a “natural born Citizen” and shall have reached the age of 35 years. Article 2, Section 5 of the United States Constitution. The 22nd Amendment precludes one who has served two previous terms as President of the United States. That’s it.

Governor Palin meets those qualifications, as does Senator Obama. What other qualifications should there be? Good sense? Innate ability to speak and communicate with others, not just talk? What criteria should we impose? Or should we take the basic qualifications given us by the Founders and see what we want?

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