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Right Intention: Is Kerry ineligible under 14th amendment?

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Is Kerry ineligible under 14th amendment?

Kerry's post-VietNam activities are well known at this point. One could easily make the case that his meeting in Paris with North Vietnamese generals in 1970 contitutes treason. Further, this meeting may make him ineligible for the office of president under the 14th amendment's prohibition of "giving aid or comfort to our enemies". Here's the acutal amendment:

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

-- United States Constitution, 14th Amendment, Section 3

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