Schwarzenegger’s biggest challenge comes in the form of the US Constitution. The Constitution expressly forbids anyone born in lands not the United States of America from running for United States president, at any point in time. Considering he has held US citizenship since 1983 and held a gubernatorial office, Schwarzenegger plans to make a case for himself before Congress, to allow him to run for president despite being born in Austria.
Congress does hold the power to alter the Constitution to allow a foreign-borne citizen to hold office under a special set of conditions. If Schwarzenegger proves successful in his lobbying move to Congress, who can present the item as a nationwide vote, then he will be allowed to run for president in 2016 as he purportedly desires to do.
Sources indicate the 66-year-old actor turned politicians is planning to press the issue until he gets a favorable resolution:
“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.”
To amend the Constitution, the new amendment to allow a foreign-born person to run for presidency would have to be approved by a 66% majority in the House of Representatives and Senate, and then effectively ratified by 38 US states. The law would then have to uphold scrutiny of The Supreme Court and would also have to win approval by the Office of the President.