This New York Times story is just foolish—McCain's father was a naval aviator stationed in the Canal Zone when his son was born, but McCain is still a "natural-born" citizen of the United States, like Allan Wall's sons, and like about two million other Americans.
From left, LOWELL P. WEICKER JR., of Connecticut, born in Paris, was told he was eligible for the Oval Office. GEORGE ROMNEY, born in Mexico, ran for the presidency in 1968.BARRY GOLDWATER was born in the Arizona territory in 1909, before it became a state. CHESTER A. ARTHUR was born in Vermont, but rumors suggested it was Canada.
By CARL HULSE
New York Times
February 28, 2008
WASHINGTON—The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming.
Mr. McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a “natural-born citizen” can hold the nation’s highest office.[More]
What we at VDARE.com keep pointing out is that just as McCain is still an American, though born abroad, the children of illegal immigrants are still foreign, although born illegally in America. See Weigh Anchor! Enforce the Citizenship Clause, by Nathaniel Parker, and Children Of An Invading Army, by me.