Letter: Constitution provides rules to follow

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Article II, Section 1, paragraph 5 of the U.S. Constitution provides qualifications for becoming the president of the United States: “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States … shall be eligible to the office of President.”

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., qualifies to run for and be president of the United States because his parents are citizens, thereby making him a citizen of the United States. Period.

Barack Obama stands as president of the United States because his mother is a citizen of the United States. And so is he. And in addition President Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States. Period.

Any person who has one parent who is a citizen attains citizenship due to the fact that her/his parent is a citizen. Period.

Regarding Floyd Hammerquist’s June 15 letter, “Review constitutional changes,” SR511 is moot and superfluous, as is the reference in SR511 about a “natural born citizen.”

Maybe columnist J.B. Williams (referenced in Hammerquist’s letter) reads a Constitution different from the original.

Richard Dixon

Vancouver