Is Ted Cruz Eligible to be President of the United States?
Let’s just go ahead and open up that can of worms.
I have been skeptical regarding Ted Cruz and his eligibility to take a shot at winning the Oval Office and wresting it from the hands of what I personally consider to be the most corrupt President and presidential administration this nation has ever known.
I made no secret of the fact that I didn’t support Sen. Cruz in his initial run at the U.S. Senate, I was supporting Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and I supported him all the way through the primaries, but once the REAL race started I began to support Cruz.
Long story short; I voted for Cruz, there was NO alternative!
Once Ted Cruz was elected and sworn in he hit the ground running and has done everything in his power to shake up the Republican base, the GOP and their less than stellar performances of late. Ted Cruz has started a FIRE in Washington and he has many old GOP hardliners and ALL of the RINOs shaking in their Gucci loafers.
One of my great friends and a fellow blogger, J.D. Longstreet, offered up this story which I reposted on the blog: Ted Cruz Scares The Heck Out Of The GOP.
Of course Cruz has his detractors too; many of the RIGHT and nearly all on the LEFT are saying that Ted Cruz isn’t eligible to run for President. The skeptics on the RIGHT have said, on various blogs, news publications and social media outlets that they don’t want to have a *birther issue* with Cruz similar to that which has plagued Barack Obama through his entire political career.
It seems that the Obama presidency may very well be the prime example of exactly why Ted Cruz can, and in my opinion should run for POTUS.
I’m not a political scholar, I’m just a blogger from Texas and I like to share my opinions on the ‘net, but after having a long conversation with a friend that is very politically astute and fairly well connected to American and Texas politics, and after reading some of the stories below, and having absorbed the opinions that were offered, I am convinced that Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz IS indeed qualified to run for and hold the office of the President of these less than United States!
Texas Republican Sen. Cruz eligible to be president should he decide to run
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was born in Canada but is qualified to become president should he mount a campaign in 2016 or beyond.
Cruz was born in Calgary, and his father is from Cuba. But the Republican senator’s mother is from the first state of Delaware, which appears to settle the issue. Fox News
And then there’s this:
Is Ted Cruz eligible to run for president?
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has even weighed in on the issue, writing in November 2011 that people born to U.S. citizens in foreign countries “most likely” qualify as natural-born citizens. Washington Post
Is Ted Cruz eligible under the Constitution to become president?
The Constitution gives three eligibility requirements to be president: one must be 35 years of age, a resident “within the United States” for 14 years, and a “natural born Citizen,” a term not defined in the Constitution.
CRS says: “The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term ‘natural born’ citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship ‘by birth’ or ‘at birth,’ either by being born ‘in’ the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship ‘at birth.'”
There is no requirement of two “citizen-parents,” CRS found. PolitiFact
Is Canadian-Born Ted Cruz Eligible to Run for President?
Some news organizations have taken a whack at answering this question as well. The Texas Tribune, for instance, said confidently in August 2012 that Cruz could be considered a natural-born citizen because his mother was a U.S. citizen. “Bottom line: Despite being born in Canada, Ted Cruz can be considered a natural-born U.S. citizen,” the Tribune wrote.
Harvard legal scholar Alan Dershowitz agreed. “Of course he’s eligible,” he told National Review. “He’s a natural-born, not a naturalized, citizen,” said Eugene Volokh, who’s a friend of Cruz. Yahoo! News
And finally, this:
Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Run for President?
The U.S. Constitution states that only a “natural born Citizen” can be eligible to run for president.
As Yale law Professor Bruce Ackerman told the publication, “The question ultimately is, What do we mean by a natural born citizen?”
“The problem is, no one knows what a natural born citizen is,” agreed University of California, Davis law professor Gabriel Chin, who argued in 2008 that Sen. John McCain was not eligible to be president. Breitbart
Agree on eligibility or not, I am sure there will be a battle waged and this will be a matter for the Courts to settle, regardless, I believe Ted Cruz can and should run.
Is Ted Cruz different from most GOP candidates? YES HE IS.
Will he be the butt of late night comics? Sure, and that is great, ALL publicity is good publicity.
Will Ted Cruz upset the likes of Sen. John McCain and every other RINO in D.C.? Indeed he will, and that is the whole purpose in this post and my investigation into why Ted Cruz is eligible.