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  •  Well, here's the breakdown from Wikipedia (4+ / 0-)
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    concerning the eligibility for President:

    Eligibility

    Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution sets the principal qualifications one must meet to be eligible to the office of president. A president must:
    be a natural-born citizen of the United States;
    be at least thirty-five years old;
    have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least fourteen years.
    A person who meets the above qualifications is still disqualified from holding the office of president under any of the following conditions:
    Under the Twenty-second Amendment, no person can be elected president more than twice. The amendment also specifies that if any eligible person who serves as president or acting president for more than two years of a term for which some other eligible person was elected president, the former can only be elected president once. Scholars disagree whether anyone no longer eligible to be elected president could be elected vice president, pursuant to the qualifications set out under the Twelfth Amendment.[65]
    Under Article I, Section 3, Clause 7, upon conviction in impeachment cases, the Senate has the option of disqualifying convicted individuals from holding other federal offices, including the presidency.[66]
    Under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, no person who swore an oath to support the Constitution, and later rebelled against the United States, can become president. However, this disqualification can be lifted by a two-thirds vote of each house of Congress.

    Wikipedia President of the United States

    In a nutshell, no; the only actions barring a person according to the Constitution is impeachment which can forbid attaining the Presidency again, and waging war against the United States after swearing to uphold the Constitution which looks to be a hold-over from the Civil War amendments.  Other than the Constitution I don't believe there is any other law or document that proscribes legally the qualifications for President.

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