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Andrew C. McCarthy: Yes, Ted Cruz Is A Natural Born Citizen

Our friend Andrew C. McCarthy, former Justice Department lawyer, author and columnist for National Review has an excellent piece in National Review rebutting the latest “birther” claims about Senator Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for and serve as President of the United States. 

McCarthy says on substance, Donald Trump’s self-serving cracks about his rival are specious and that “Senator Ted Cruz is wise to laugh off Donald Trump’s intimation that his constitutional qualifications to serve Ted Cruz facebookas president may be debatable.” 

McCarthy goes on say that the “suggestion is sufficiently frivolous that even Trump, who is apt to utter most anything that pops into his head, stops short of claiming that Cruz is not a 'natural born citizen,' the Constitution’s requirement. Trump is merely saying that because Cruz was born in Canada (of an American citizen mother and a Cuban father who had been a long-time legal resident of the United States), some political opponents might file lawsuits that could spur years of litigation over Cruz’s eligibility.” 

McCarthy’s answer to that “problem” is: So what?  

As he points out, “Top government officials get sued all the time. It comes with the territory and has no impact on the performance of their duties. Indeed, dozens of lawsuits have been brought seeking to challenge President Obama’s eligibility. They have been litigated for years and have neither distracted him nor created public doubt about his legitimacy. In fact, most of them are peremptorily dismissed.” 

McCarthy offers one of the more succinct explanations of the legalities of what defines a “natural born” U.S. citizen we’ve seen, so it is definitely worth reading in its entirety. 

Click here to read Andrew C. McCarthy’s “Ted Cruz, Natural Born Citizen” in National Review 

Click here to read our treatment of the same topic in “Yes, Ted Cruz Is A ‘Natural Born Citizen’

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Sen. Ted Cruz is qualified as POTUS

An overwhelming majority of Constitutional ‘Scholars’ say ‘YES’ Sen. Ted Cruz Is qualified to serve as President of the United States.

Ted Cruz was born in Canada. He had (past tense) Canadian citizenship, which he was entitled to automatically, having been born in Canada, and which he has since renounced. He was also born with American citizenship. His mother was an American; his father was not.

The Constitution says any candidate for president must be 35 years of age, a resident within the United States for 14 years and a "natural born citizen."