Panicked by the thought that a smart, charismatic Latino Conservative might run for President, the Left is already trying to put the kebosh on it four years early.
We have previously stated on these pages that Cruz is ineligible for the Presidency because he was born in Canada to a Cuban father. There is no “grey area” as Politico states- it is plain black and white– I-N-E-L-I-G-I-B-L-E. See our natural born Citizenship page.
Cruz seems to have already started his presidential campaign (sound familiar), when the words of his oath are still echoing in the Senate halls. Not surprisingly, he has been a virulent anti-”birther” and says he’s eligible. Copy a successful model, huh?
Ted Cruz may have the aura of a future presidential contender, but is he even eligible to run?
The newly sworn-in Texas senator and rising Republican star was born in Canada, to a mother who was born in Delaware and Cuban father. That’s triggered a debate about whether he’s eligible for the nation’s highest office — nevermind that he’s been in Congress less than a week.
While there’s no legal precedent for Cruz’s situation, most constitutional scholars surveyed by POLITICO believe the 42-year-old tea party sensation would be OK. But there’s just enough gray area to stoke controversy, as Cruz learned during his campaign for Senate last year.
The U.S. Constitution states: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President…”
“The question ultimately is, What do we mean by a natural born citizen?” asked Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman.
“The problem is, no one knows what a natural born citizen is,” agreed University of Arizona professor Gabriel Chin, who argued in 2008 that Sen. John McCain was not eligible to be president. [...]
Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School and an adviser to Obama, said Cruz would be smart to prepare a more thorough explanation to put the issue to rest, much like the brief he prepared with Ted Olson that affirmed McCain’s eligibility. [...]