Comment: Nobody was a natural born

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Nobody was a natural born

Nobody was a natural born citizen at the time, therefore the grandfather clause. The grandfather clause has nothing to do with the definition of natural born citizen. It was necessary to allow non-natural born citizens the ability to become president until a natural born citizen met the other requirements to become president.

Natural born citizens, or people born with citizenship, didn't exist, and they certainly weren't 35 at the time.

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