Last Sunday (March 20, 2010) an opinion piece appeared in the online edition of the Iowa State Daily. It was about birthers. Besides opinion, the article also included some misinformation. It said:
Theodore Olson, former solicitor general, points out that a natural-born citizen is born to two American parents on American soil.
Let’s not forget the rumors in 2008 that John McCain was ineligible for the office given his Aug. 29, 1936, birth on a naval base in the Panama Canal Zone, which was at the time controlled by the United States.
So, by Olson’s definition, McCain is a natural-born citizen, and our current president is not.
…”natural born” includes both birth abroad to parents who were citizens, and birth within a nation’s territory and allegiance. Thus, regardless of the sovereign status of the Panama Canal Zone at the time of Senator McCain’s birth, he is a “natural born” citizen because he was born to parents who were U.S. citizens.