Obama Backs Law That Aids McCain

Saturday, March 1, 2008

THE ELIGIBILITY QUESTION

Obama Backs Law That Aids McCain

FORT WORTH -- Barack Obama's campaign announced that he will co-sponsor legislation introduced Thursday by political ally Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to ensure that John McCain can become president, even though the senator from Arizona was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

The issue of McCain's eligibility was raised in a New York Times article noting that the constitutional requirement that a U.S. president be a "natural-born citizen" has never been fully defined.

McCaskill's bill would establish the eligibility of anyone born to a U.S. citizen who is serving overseas as an active or reserve member of the U.S. armed forces. McCain's father was a Navy officer serving in the Panama Canal Zone when McCain was born there in 1936.

"Senator McCain has earned the right to be his party's nominee, and no loophole should prevent him from competing in this campaign," Obama said.

-- Shailagh Murray

PRO-OBAMA VIDEO

'Yes We Can,' The Sequel

Barack Obama's campaign is enjoying another hip, tuneful, B-list-celebrity YouTube moment -- this time with an overt appeal to Spanish-speaking voters -- courtesy of musician will.i.am.

The new video, called "We Are the Ones," comes days before the critical Texas primary. Some polls in the state suggest most Hispanics favor Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The video is based on a line Obama delivered in a speech: "We are the ones we've been waiting for," and it features celebrities such as Jessica Alba, George Lopez, Luis Guzman, Ryan Phillippe, John Leguizamo, Kate del Castillo, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Macy Gray. The vibe is one of youthful diversity, with characters in scruffy downtown chic, filmed in black and white.


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