Are the rules to becoming president in America fair?

If you have a criminal record are you allowed to become president?

I don't think you should be allo to become president if you have a criminal record because America is a big country and I wouldn't want someone ruling my country if they had a criminal record but, I think that if when you were like 20 and you got arrested I think that if you hadn't been arrested for 15 years after that then you are allowed to become president.

If you weren't born In America are you allowed to become president?

I think that if you weren't born in America you're still allowed to become president because what if somebody who is a member of parliament who moved to America and they want to run for president because they still like doing that sort of job but, they weren't born in America so they can't and I think that's a bit unfair. If they want people who are running for president to have lived in America for a while they just keep the role where you had to have lived in America for 14 years before.

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  • katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
    14 Sep 2020

    Thank you for exploring these interesting questions loyal_cymbals. Can you think of some reasons why someone might disagree with you?

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  • Hammond School logo eager_chocolate | Hammond Junior School A
    15 Sep 2020

    I agree with you about they should be able to be president of America even if they weren't born in America

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  • Hammond School logo enterprising_night | Hammond Junior School A
    15 Sep 2020

    I disagree with you because the part about if you have a criminal record you can't run for president I disagree because if you apply for President you must gave experience and must have studied, a 35+ can't just join the race when they have no experience my main point is that if you stole something that was your past self and you can change and you may want to become president because if your past like give awareness for young children about gangs and making you do horrible stuff.

    I disagree with you on the point about if you want to run for president you could not be in America firstly I feel this is wrong here's why, if someone from England wanted to run for president they would have to study about America's laws and politics, they would have to be 35+ and they would have to have been living in America for 14 years but it wouldn't be good for the country because a British person going to rule England it just doesn't feel right because they are not from your nation!

    enterprising_night

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    1. Braiswick Primary School buzzing_morning | Braiswick Primary School
      enterprising_night's comment 18 Sep 2020

      I think someone from anywhere could be president because if you have enough experience to campaign then you almost certainly have enough experience to be president-e.g. if someone was British but knew loads about America and it’s history why couldn’t they run for president? If the people don’t like them they won’t vote for them but i think they can at least campaign

      Buzzing_morning

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  • Hammond School logo eager_chocolate | Hammond Junior School A
    15 Sep 2020

    If they have criminal record then I don't think they should be able to be president because you have obviously proved they are naughty so they might be naughty again while being president

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  • Hammond School logo magnificent_argument | Hammond Junior School A
    15 Sep 2020

    I disagree. I think that you have to be born in America to be a American president because let's say someone where born in France then they became president of America they would be the French president of America. So I think they should be born in America to be the President of America.

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  • Hammond School logo clever_peak | Hammond Junior School A
    15 Sep 2020

    I agree with you because it would be a bit scary to have a president that had been in prison for a few years because I would not trust them like people that have not been in prison.

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  • Hammond School logo rhetorical_interaction | Hammond Junior School C
    15 Sep 2020

    Honestly I think if you had a criminal record then you should be able to run for president I've read a few comments saying if your bad once you are always bad but if you've not done anything iligul when your 20 I think you've grove up enough to run for president I think you need to have a clean record from the age of 20 then you should be aloud to run as a candidate

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  • Hammond School logo fascinating_temperature | Hammond Junior School D
    15 Sep 2020

    I think that you must be over 35 and that is the role but I think that because then you have more knowledge

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      fascinating_temperature's comment 15 Sep 2020

      Well done for giving a reason for your opinion, fascinating_temperature. So do you think that everyone over 35 has more knowledge than younger people? What do you mean by "more knowledge"?

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  • Hammond School logo brave_cheetah | Hammond Junior School D
    15 Sep 2020

    I think that some of the rules for running for president can seem a bit unfair because some of the rules say that u have to be born in America to run for president but to be honest if you are born in a different country it does not really help u be a better person and if it doesn't make you a better person than it will most likely not make you a better president

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  • Hammond School logo brave_cheetah | Hammond Junior School D
    15 Sep 2020

    I think that some of the rules for running for president can seem a bit unfair because some of the rules say that u have to be born in America to run for president but to be honest if you are born in a different country it does not really help u be a better person and if it doesn't make you a better person than it will most likely not make you a better president

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    15 Sep 2020

    I agree with you. If you have commited a crime in your life, you have done something wrong, so then why would people trust you then, because you might commit another crime in your life, and you do not really want to do that if you are president.

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  • Hammond School logo adventurous_beaver | Hammond Junior School D
    15 Sep 2020

    I agree because if you had a criminal record you would probably be a bad president and it doesn't matter where you are born, it matters how many years you spend in America because otherwise you won't really know what American citizens like.

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  • Braiswick Primary School buzzing_morning | Braiswick Primary School
    18 Sep 2020

    I don’t think someone with a criminal record can run for president because what if they are trying to get elected to do something else bad?🤔

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  • Braiswick Primary School dedicated_fact | Braiswick Primary School
    23 Sep 2020

    I don't agree with the fact that you can be president with a criminal record, Imagine what a criminal with actual power would do...

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School resourceful_orangutan | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    25 Sep 2020

    I think that it would be harsh to say that anyone with a criminal record is not allowed to become an American president. They may not be bad anymore and may actually be very nice, however they may still be bad. If they are still bad, then they would probably be a bad role model to America. That may make America a bad country.

    I understand, why they put that rule there, although I would understand it if anyone argued it.

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  • Ditton Logo crafty_song | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I do agree with both of those ideas because imagine someone who has been a criminal before making the rules of America.
    And if foreign people immigrated to America, they could run for president.
    Any other thoughts?

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  • Ditton Logo witty_radio | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't agree I think you need a clean record to run for president because it's a big role to play. And there's lots to learn about being president. I also don't agree that you have to be over 35 because you could be the same as them I doesnt make a diffrence.

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  • Ditton Logo genius_idea | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't agree with you can be a president with a criminal record just proves there's not enought maturity to be a president.

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  • Ditton Logo fantastic_mouse | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I disagree that you need to live in America for 14 years it should be 5~6 years

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  • Ditton Logo playful_starfruit | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't agree that with a criminal record you can still be a president because I wouldn't want an un-responsible adult to be in charge of me. Also, I think about the age balance that I think it's fair that they have to wait until there 35+ because then they might be more responsible and more intelligent.

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  • Ditton Logo aware_fish | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't think you should become president with a criminal record because someone could run up to president and if he/she gets chosen, they would to bad stuff to make it worse. America is already bad with Trump being racist.

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  • Ditton Logo honest_papaya | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I agree with loyal_cymbals. If you have a criminal record how can you be trusted with so much power and responsibility. And I think you should be able to become president if you weren't born in America but you have lived there for at least ten years

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  • Ditton Logo jazzed_tree | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't agree how u have to live in America for 14 year to be president and I agree that u have to be 35 years old because some people might know what is going on in America 😊

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  • Ditton Logo aware_fish | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't think you should become president with a criminal record because someone could run up to president and if he/she gets chosen, they would to bad stuff to make it worse. America is already bad with Trump being racist.

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  • Ditton Logo helpful_heart | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    No because the criminal might be illegal

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  • Ditton Logo creative_flute | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I disagree with the rules because if someone from America has been in prison or committed any crimes and they wanted to go for the president for America it is bad because you don't know what power they can do and how they rule people

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  • Ditton Logo protective_fox | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I do agree with the fact that you have to live in America for 14 years and be born in America because if I had someone running my country I want them to know what it's like not just from research but I do disagree with the fact you don't have to have a clean criminal record because if I know they have done a crime I don't want them to have the power to change the laws which they have broken

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  • Ditton Logo shy_tree | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't agree,because it's kinda not smart to only allow Americans be president because it's a free country and that should mean that all people from other states should be allowed to be president because they might be a great president am I the only one who thinks about this or?

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  • Ditton Logo funny_reindeer | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I agree it would be quite nerve-wrecking having a president that has a criminal record. And I also agree that's it's unfair that people from a different country can't run for president. I agree with you clever_peak

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  • Ditton Logo neat_wasp | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I enjoyed reading all the coments 😀and I do agree that if you have a criminal record,then how can you stand in front of a country if you have a criminal record if your an president or an Vice President 🙂

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  • Ditton Logo lovely_apple | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I think if you have got a criminal record you should not be allowed to run for a big country what if they make noughts rules 😄

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  • Ditton Logo happy_rainforest | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't think that u should be able to be a president if u have a criminal record because if they can't follow the law how can they be trusted as a president because u never know if they would make illegal things legal.

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  • Ditton Logo gutsy_peach | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    You should be aloud to run a county if you are not Born in that county and if you have not lived in that county for 14 years

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  • Ditton Logo joyful_lime | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I don't agree because if your president has committed a crime and got a criminal record you might not trust them and they have power and you don't know what they can do with the power

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  • Ditton Logo outgoing_fox | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I agree with what everyone else is saying because yes if you were to have a criminal record you have the power to Do something really bad now if you didn't have a record then you'd be fine but I disagree with the fact of you needing to be 35+ because what if someone really smart was 25 or something and then they rematch 35 and run for it but they forget everything they wanted to do for America so it's not that good of a decision @brave_cheetah I agree with you when you say it isn't really fair that to be president you have to be born in America so really it isn't really fair.how would you stand in front of the country and some one you see if you had a criminal record and someone caught you doing something to their home and they remember that person then they are done for.

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  • Ditton Logo creative_flute | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I disagree with the rules because if someone from America has been in prison or committed any crimes and they wanted to go for the president for America it is bad because you don't know what power they can do and how they rule people

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  • Ditton Logo trustful_rabbit | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    If you want to be a good president you must have a clear criminal record and all of America will look up to you and want to be like you

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  • Ditton Logo flowing_music | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    If you get a criminal record I found out people should not become America president forever.

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  • Ditton Logo active_badger | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    No because I don't thing criminal shouldn't be president because they might make bad chouse

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  • Ditton Logo nice_cloud | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    Wow This is so true dedicated_fact

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  • Ditton Logo fiery_violin | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I love all these comments! I agree because if you have a criminal record something could come up and it could prove that your not responsible. And being born in America I disagree with because people that aren't born in Americabut you move there and have lived there for a very very long time that won't be fair.

    I have had so much fun on Burnet news club. Thank you!

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  • Ditton Logo shy_tree | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    And i also don't think ciminals should be able to be president because there has to be a reason why the went to jail

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  • Ditton Logo fair_mango | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    Well I don't think they should be a prisoners🤔...

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  • Ditton Logo tough_fox | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I enjoyed reading all the comments and I think if you have a criminal record you cant become the president because with the power that you have if you are a crimianl and you are protected by bodyguards so you can do anything and change the rules 😀

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  • Ditton Logo gutsy_peach | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    I agree about a criminal record if you have one you should not be aloud to run a county

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  • Ditton Logo playful_starfruit | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    @dedicated fact. I agree. U never know how much power they could have

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  • Hammond School logo exuberant_queen | Hammond Junior School C
    25 Sep 2020

    Yes I agree I Think that people should be able to run even if they are from a different country

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