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July 16, 2011

Rep. Tom McClintock was elected in 2008 and represents California's Fourth Congressional District

Dear Editor:

Recently I sent an article from Canada Free Press to my congressman, Tom McClintock, and received the following response:

Dear Redacted:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding President Barack Obama’s citizenship and his eligibility to serve as president.

The Constitution is the starting point for determining eligibility to serve as President. The Constitution requires that to be eligible to serve as President an individual must be a natural born citizen of the United States, be at least 35 years old, and have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least 14 years.

Currently, a candidate’s eligibility under these requirements is vetted by a number of sources, both inside the government and out.  First, candidates go through an intensive political vetting process in both the primary and general election – their histories are carefully examined by their political opponents who have a vested interest in uncovering the facts.  At the end of the campaigns, the voting public weighs in.  Then, when all the votes have been cast and counted, it is up to Congress to certify the results.  A final check-and-balance against eligibility irregularities lies with the courts, and ultimately the Supreme Court.

President Obama has passed each of these requirements.  Further, in President Obama’s case – in addition to his Hawaii birth certificate – there were two birth announcements in major Hawaii newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin.

Thanks again for contacting me, and I look forward to hearing from you again in the future.  Should you have any further questions regarding this or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or my Washington D.C. office at (202) 225-2511 or my district office in Granite Bay at (916) 786-5560.