After California elected the Governator, there was a lot of chatter on the right about amending the Constitution to allow a naturalized citizen to run for the Presidency. Of course no one took it very seriously, but maybe we should have.
In New York to promote his new movie, Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwartzenegger hinted that he may be preparing a legal challenge to the Constitutional requirement that a President must be a natural born citizen, with a view to making a bid for the nomination in 2016.
Schwartzenegger is an Austrian immigrant who was naturalized in 1983. When asked in 2010 by Jay Leno during an appearance on the Tonight Show if he would consider a run if the Constitution was amended, he answered, “Without any doubt.” If rumors are true he may be preparing to attempt to do just that.
“The law is very clear, but it’s not 100 percent clear that the courts would enforce that law rather than leave it to the political process,” Constitutional expert and professor at the Columbia University Law School, Michael Dorf said in 2007.
The Governator’s representatives have not responded to requests for a comment on the subject but even New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg has joked about possibly forming a ticket with him saying a few years ago, “There would be a fight to see who would be the presidential candidate and who would be the vice presidential candidate. He would want to arm-wrestle for the top spot; I would want to check the Constitution.”
Arnie is an entertaining actor and while quite conservative he does have a moderate streak. Support for him making a bid for the White House though seems more than slightly hypocritical considering the questions still being raised on the right about Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Watch a short documentary on Arnold Schwartzenegger in the video below: