Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, was born in Canada and recently made a point to renounce any Canadian citizenship. His father, who had Cuban citizenship but was an American resident, was working in the oil field in Calgary when the younger Cruz was born. His mother was an American citizen.
That, however, doesn’t mean he isn’t a “natural-born citizen,” according to a bipartisan article in the Law Review published by a former Bush and a former Obama law official.
UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 26: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.)
“We have both had the privilege of heading the Office of the Solicitor General during different administrations,” Paul Clement, the solicitor general during George W. Bush’s second term, and Neal Katyal, who served for a time as acting solicitor general for Obama, wrote. “We may have different ideas about the ideal candidate in the next presidential election, but we agree on one important principle: voters should be able to choose from all constitutionally eligible candidates, free from spurious arguments that a U.S. citizen at birth is somehow not constitutionally eligible to serve as President simply because he was delivered at a hospital abroad.”
“Despite the happenstance of a birth across the border, there is no question that Senator Cruz has been a citizen from birth and is thus a ‘natural born citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution,” they added, while also pointing to the example of John McCain, who was born on a military base in the Panama Canal zone.
“There are plenty of serious issues to debate in the upcoming presidential election cycle. The less time spent dealing with specious objections to candidate eligibility, the better,” the pair wrote.
Cruz has been sending strong signals lately that he’s going to join the 2016 race. In January, he told Fox News he was looking at it “very seriously.” He repeated that to CNN a month later. And on Friday, he gave the strongest indication yet to Glenn Beck, not only again saying he was considering it “seriously,” but also going on to talk about scheduled stops in key primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.
“Those are not necessarily states chosen at random,” he told Beck, who wasn’t shy about interpreting what that meant: “We’re thrilled. And I know we say this jokingly every time. Everybody heard that Ted Cruz just announced he was running for president.”
And now it seems Cruz has bipartisan support in the key area of eligibility if and when he chooses to make it official.
—Courtesy of TheBlaze