I would like to start off 2012 with a bang!
Who is a natural born citizen? Before late 2008 there was not much discussion of this question except in some obscure legal articles and talk about a few candidates not born on US soil like Mitt Romney’s father (born in Mexico) and John McCain (born in the Canal Zone). Recently, many of those known as the “Birthers” started telling us that almost everything we learned about this term for 200 years is wrong. In 2008 during the run up to the election all the conversation was about “the birth certificate” but now the debate has moved to the claim that to be a natural born citizen requires both parents to be citizens at the time of birth. Even some politicians in New Hampshire and in Georgia have embraced the idea. What gives? I say let’s get this settled.
I challenge proponents of both sides of the discussion on the definition of the term “natural born citizen” in the United States Constitution under the requirements for president and vice president to a debate on Reality Check Radio on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. I have arranged for up to three supporters of the traditional definition that a US citizen at birth is a natural born citizen to represent the “Obot” side of the debate. I challenge the “Birther” side to provide up to three proponents to take on the challenge.
The debate will be 90 minutes long and both sides will have equal time. Timing will be strictly enforced. Each side will be given equal time for opening and closing arguments. Each side will be able to ask the other side 4 questions of their choice and have time for rebuttal to the answers. The moderator (me) will ask 1 or 2 questions if issues appear to need further discussion. The remainder of the show will allow the listeners to call and ask questions.
I extend this challenge to Leo Donofrio, Mario Apuzzo, Charles Kerchner, Orly Taitz, Dean Haskins, Jerome Corsi, or any other proponent of the “two citizen parent” definition of natural born citizen. This is your chance to prove you are right. The first three who accept will be selected as participants unless they wish to give up a spot to someone prior to the debate.
I will enforce a fair debate. If you are interested please contact me at realitycheck1776 at gmail period com or through the “Contact Me” link on rcradioshow.blogspot.com
Please feel free to link or copy this article to your blog or forum to get the word out. A refusal by either side to defend their position will be noted.