Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is engaged in a campaign to change The Constitution to allow him to run for president in 2016, according to reports.
The New York Post claims that Schwarzenegger has been publicly discussing his plans to file suit that would overturn the rule written into the Constitution that bars foreign-born citizens from taking the office of President or Vice President.
“Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules.” the Post notes, citing an unnamed source.
Section 1 of Article Two of the Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as president of the United States:
“No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
The Twelfth Amendment also states, “No person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.”
Born in Austria, Schwarzenegger has been a US citizen since 1983, which enabled him to successfully run for Governorship in 2003.
The Fourteenth Amendment notes that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
Under Article One of the United States Constitution, representatives and senators are only required to be U.S. citizens.
Schwarzenegger has said several times that he would definitely run for President, should the law be changed. Most recently he told Jay Leno in 2010 that he would jump at the opportunity “Without any doubt.”
Any amendment to the Constitution must be approved by two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate, then must be ratified by at least 38 of the 50 states.