Origins of the Presidency and Official Duties


What are the qualifications for becoming president?

According to Article II, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution, any person seeking the presidency must be a natural-born citizen, at least thirty-five years old, and a resident of the United States for at least fourteen years. Constitutional scholars have debated whether a child born abroad of an American parent constitutes “a natural-born citizen.” While most maintain that such a person should qualify as a natural-born citizen, no definitive consensus has been reached.


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