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Offline Hunter

Re: Barack Obama for President
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2008, 01:16:45 AM »
Another Hunter insert foot in mouth...  ;D

I do enjoy the taste of foot fungus.   :P

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Re: Barack Obama for President
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2008, 06:12:15 AM »

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Re: Barack Obama for President
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2008, 06:21:00 AM »
This week, Senator Obama did something I thought was kind of classy.  There was a report in the New York Times that John McCain might not be eligible to be president, because it played a semantic with how you define "natural born." McCain was born on a U.S. military base in Panama while his father was in the Navy.

Senator Claire McCaskill hand-wrote a bill when she heard this story in order to clarify the legal definition of "natural born" to include John McCain. Senator Obama immediately responded by co-sponsoring the legislation.

By this action, Obama is basically saying, "I want a fair fight, and this is a distraction I don't want raised." This appeals to a fair-play principle I very much like, and I predict it will result in lots of good news for Obama as a result.

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Re: Barack Obama for President
« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2008, 01:53:16 AM »
I've seen that discussed before (not in the case of McCain, but actually as a discussion in a government class in high school), and American citizens born on military bases off of American soil are the exception to the "natural born" term... and as I understand it, one of the reasonings I've hear is that US military bases are actually considered American soil while we hold that ground (same with embassies).

To be completely honest, classy or not, it was a no-brainer on Obama's part. Imagine the backlash he would recieve had he argued McCain's legitimacy as a candidate because of where he was born. His father was serving in the military!

It would not only be the mistake that Clinton needed to eek her way into the nomination, it would quite possibly be the mistake the Republicans need to maintain their hold on the White House.

In short, even considering touching that topic would be campaign suicide. Therefore, dumber than snot.

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Re: Barack Obama for President
« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2008, 01:19:30 PM »
I believe the point was that he didn't just ignore it, he addressed it directly. 

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Re: Barack Obama for President
« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2008, 01:56:11 PM »
Either way, it was a no-brainer on his part.