While it might appear as if just any person can walk up and run for President of the United States of America, they can’t. There are specific guidelines and qualifications that those that wish to run for president must follow. These guidelines and qualifications are spelled out in the second amendment of the United States Constitution. However, if you are unfamiliar with the second amendment here is a look at what this amendment requires of all candidates for the President of the United States.
Citizenship. Article two of the Constitution requires that the president must be a natural born citizen. However, the term natural born has been under much debate. Some people believe that natural born requires that the person must be born on United States soil, while others believe that natural born can be the child of two American citizens who are overseas. This issue will be a target of much debate for years to come.
Age Restriction. Article two of the Constitution requires that you must be 35 years old to run for President. You cannot turn 35 during your campaign trail. You have to be 35 when you submit your papers for candidacy.
Residency Requirement. There is a residency requirement to be the President of the United States. You must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years. A residence is an established physical address in the United States. The 14 years do not have to be consecutive, as long as it is 14 years you can run for president.
Term Limits. Before the 22nd amendment to the Constitution a person could run for president as many times as they wished. However, that was changed with the addition of the 22nd amendment. This states that anyone who has served six years as president cannot run for president again. This comes out to each president can serve two, four year terms of office.