Could the Speaker of the House become president if he wasn't born in the USA?

2018-04-19 23:49:11

To quote the constitution:

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States

I also read that this applies to the Speaker of the House. What happens, then, if the Speaker of House needs (as in the President and Vice President are incapable of doing their job) to become president but wasn't born in the United States of America?

To quote the constitution again:

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.

Could the Speaker of the House become president if he wasn't born in the USA?

Theoretically, no. But this has never been tested.

Per the language in t

  • Could the Speaker of the House become president if he wasn't born in the USA?

    Theoretically, no. But this has never been tested.

    Per the language in the U.S. Constitution, a person who is not a "natural born Citizen" is not eligible to serve as president.

    Yet, Senator John McCain was born in Panama, and Senator Ted Cruz was born in Canada, and both were candidates for President.

    But what is the likely outcome if the President and Vice President are unable to serve, and the third in line of succession, the Speaker of the House, is not a natural born citizen?

    Presumably, the Speaker would be skipped over.

    There is a presidential line of succession, and it doesn't stop with the Speaker of the House.

    Vice President

    Speaker of the House of Representatives

    President pro tempore of the Senate

    Secretary of State

    Secretary of the Treasury

    Secretary of Defense

    Attorney General

    Secretary of the Interior

    Secretary of Agriculture

    Secretary of Commerce

    Secretary of Labor

    Secretary of

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