Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has a big problem for his candidacy.
The Republican from Texas may be ineligible to be President based on how you interpret Article Two of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “no person except a natural born citizen…shall be eligible to the Office of the President.”
Donald Trump has led the charge that Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, cannot be President.
It’s ironic that Ted Cruz is feeling the heat considering he helped fuel the flames of the birther movement against Barack Obama. Cruz also considers himself someone who thinks the Constitution should be strictly interpreted based on the text and not on whatever you want it to mean.
The definition of a “natural born citizen” hasn’t been clarified by the courts. Ted Cruz was naturalized and became an American citizen but he wasn’t born in America.
Experts on the left and right have weighed in on whether this Canadian-born Republican could be President.
Mary Brigid McManamon is a constitutional law professor at Widener University’s Delaware Law School. In a WaPo OpEd she writes:
Let me be clear: I am not a so-called birther. I am a legal historian. President Obama is without question eligible for the office he serves. The distinction between the president and Cruz is simple: The president was born within the United States, and the senator was born outside of it. That is a distinction with a difference.
Andy Martin, an attorney who led the charge to sue for Obama’s long-form birth certificate, said that Cruz is likely even less eligible than Obama. Martin told BuzzFeed News:
“You need three sticks to meet the citizen requirement to become president: One stick is mom, one is dad, and one is the birthplace…and we know the mom was born in this country, so he had two sticks out of three.”