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Senate Panel: McCain Eligible To Run For President

He was probably never all that concerned, but John McCain can breathe a sigh of relief. The Senate Judiciary Committee has cleared him to become president, in the event that he wins the election.

McCain's eligibility came into some question when the New York Times published an article that raised the issue of whether the Arizona senator, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone, is actually a "natural-born" citizen, as the Constitution requires the president to be. The Panama Canal Zone was under U.S. control at the time of McCain's birth in 1936.

CQ reports that the Judiciary Committee's unanimous resolution declaring McCain to be "natural-born" was cosponsored by McCain's presidential rivals Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

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