Gore says he won’t run for U.S. presidency in 2004

As everyone and their brother is reporting today, Al Gore is not running for President of the United States in 2004.

This brings to mind a recent discovery: I was delighted to find that, now that I am 35 years old, and as I was born in the United States, I am eligible to run for President but Arnold Schwarzenegger, being born in Austria cannot.

Article II, section 1, clause 5 of the United States Constitution says:

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.

My only problem is this regard is that I am not yet “fourteen Years a resident.” So if I moved to the US today, I couldn’t run for President until the 2016. Gives me plenty of time for preparations, though.


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Alan on December 16, 2002 - 17:38 Permalink

Do you get to vote? I am bummed that the Scottish Parliament doesn’t allow ex-pat voting. Portugal has a seat or two in their legislature exclusively for ex-pats, who are in large part in Toronto.

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Andrew Chisholm on December 17, 2002 - 16:24 Permalink

Speaking os US elections. I always thought the leaders in the world should also have a vote into who will drop the next pile of bombs on our globe.