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Supporters, opponents of foreign-born US presidents take debate to the web

[JURIST] Advocates for a constitutional amendment allowing foreign-born citizens to run for President who recently launched television ads promoting the idea (previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase) are now pressing their case online. Amend for Arnold, inspired by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is just one of several websites actively pushing for the revision of Article Section 1, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution, which reads:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
Schwarzenegger has said that he would consider running for president should such an amendment pass, but has stressed that an amendment shouldn't be created specifically for him. Four bills seeking an amendment have been introduced in Congress, and critics are already moving to defeat the amendment movement. A new website advocating against an amendment, Arnold Exposed, set up by Americans Against Arnold, says that that group is standing against an amendment "because we love America and believe that the Founding Fathers were right: only someone born in America should be able to be President." AP has more.

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