If you want to be President...

The qualifications necessary to become President are simple to understand. According to Article II, Section I, Clause V of the United States Constitution:

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.

In an easier to read format, here's the three requirements:

The President must be:

- a natural born citizen (or a citizen of the U.S. at the time of the Constitution's adoption)
- at least thirty-five years old
- have resided within the United States for at least fourteen years

So who's responsible for making sure that the President meets these criteria? I thought I'd start by asking somebody who really ought to know: Ron Paul.

Read the Constitution!