Talk:George Romney presidential campaign, 1968

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No cite for 1795 law[edit]

And I cannot find anything in the law that states this, but I am not an attorney. 152.2.183.224 (talk) 15:40, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

The law is documented here:

http://rs6.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=001/llsl001.db&recNum=538

The law includes the following:

"And be it further enacted, That the children of persons duly naturalized, dwelling withing the United States, and being under the age of twenty-one years, at the time of such naturalization; and the children of citizens of the United States, born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the United States, shall be considered as citizens of the United States: Provided, That the right of citizenship shall not descend to persons, whose fathers have never been resident in the United States."

While it does not specify "Natural Born", it does infer citizenship by birth to those children born of citizens overseas, with the exception being such birthright citizenship does not apply if the father has never been resident in the United States. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Meh130 (talkcontribs) 18:41, 16 August 2011 (UTC)



For what it is worth, this issue was extensively covered by Congress in House Record for June 14, 1967, Page 15875. George Romney was not eligible for the presidency as a result of his father being a non citizen. Mr. James Madison, who had been a member of the Constitutional Convention and had participated in the drafting of the terms of eligibility for the President, was a member of the Committee of the House, together with Samuel Dexter of Massachusetts and Thomas A. Carnes of Georgia when the matter of the uniform naturalization act was considered in 1795. Here the false inference which such language might suggest with regard to the President was noted, and the Committee sponsored a new naturalization bill which deleted the term “natural-born” from the Act of 1795. (1 Stat 414) The same error was never repeated in any subsequent naturalization act...Peace 98.206.222.240 (talk) 23:14, 25 December 2011 (UTC)

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Eligibility[edit]

Regarding: "Romney's parents chose U.S. citizenship for their children, including George.[4]"

Just how does one "choose" U.S. citizenship for their children? Either one's children are born with U.S. citizenship, or they are not, according to law.

Also, the reference is a dead link. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 151.204.232.16 (talk) 02:47, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

I've replaced the reference with the same AP story at a working newspaper site. It says: "A two-term Michigan governor, George Romney faced questions about his eligibility to run for president in 1968 because he wasn't born in the United States. Yet, George was born a U.S. citizen, not Mexican, because his parents were U.S. citizens. And in those days, Mexico didn't grant dual citizenship so the parents had to choose one country or the other." Wasted Time R (talk) 11:06, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

The fourth paragraph in this section should probably be removed. It's primarily made up of questions, which doesn't seem to suit wikipedia's encyclopedic style. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.87.0.170 (talk) 21:40, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

I missed this when it was first added. It's all an opinionated essay with no sources behind it, and it's now been removed. Wasted Time R (talk) 00:16, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Footnote #4 is now a dead link.Genehisthome (talk) 20:41, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

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