GOP Presidential Candidates Questioned On Citizenship

Natural Born CitizenFor the first three years of President Obama’s time in office he has been dogged by conspiracy theorists that claimed he was not an American citizen.  Supposedly, the Hawaiian-born POTUS lied about his place of birth and was actually born in Kenya.  Everyone from conservative wacko, Orly Tate, to media whore, Donald Trump, tried to get the President to reveal two forms of ID so that he could prove his citizenship.  I’ve heard people comment that this has never happened in American history and it was an outrage that he was questioned.  The funny thing is, it’s happened several times in the past – and all to Republicans!  Here are five others who were questioned on their rights as “Natural Born Citizens”.


John McCain


While not exactly a controversy, this was more of a lame rebuttal to the Obama "birthers". John McCain who ran for president in 2000 and in 2008 was born at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. McCain never released his birth certificate to the press or independent fact-checking organizations. The problem was that while the Panama Canal Zone is currently considered a U.S. territory, it wasn't when John McCain was born, thus causing the controversy. A later law, in 1937, retroactively made all children born of military personnel citizens of the United States - making McCain eligible to run for President.

Chester A. Arthur


This 21st president of the United States, was rumored to have been born in Canada. While his Democratic opponents didn't say a word about his citizenship, Arthur lied about his age during a time his parents lived in Canada. This brought his citizenship into question, especially after he took the presidency after Garfield died in office. He was actually born in northern Vermont.

Charles Evans Hughes


Hughes ran for President in the election of 1916. The Chicago Legal News questioned whether Hughes could run for President against Woodrow Wilson because his father had not yet naturalized at the time of his birth and was still a British citizen. Hughes was born in the U.S., but he shared dual citizenship with Britain. Hughes was able to run and almost beat Wilson. If he had won, he would have been the POTUS during World War One.

Barry Goldwater


Barry Goldwater was a born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1909. Unfortunately, Arizona wasn't a state until 1912. During his presidential campaign in 1964, there was a minor controversy over Goldwater's having been born in Arizona when it was not yet a state.

George W. Romney


If George Romney looks familiar, it is because he is Mitt Romney's dad. He ran for the Republican party nomination in 1969. Unfortunately, he was born in Mexico! His parents were U.S. citizens, but he wasn't. Romney's grandfather had emigrated to Mexico in 1886 with his three wives and children after Utah outlawed polygamy. Romney's monogamous parents retained their U.S. citizenship and returned to the United States with him in 1912. In a case of irony, Romney was never considered a Mexican citizen because in Mexico, at the time, his family were considered illegal immigrants!