I’ll give our old pal Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily a tiny bit of credit for remaining consistent on this one. The guy who has led the battle to have Obama declared a Kenyan Muslim interloper says that Sen. Ted Cruz is also not eligible to be president because he was born in Canada:
Now let me say this at the outset: I really like Ted Cruz. I think he would very likely make a fine president. But I think it’s important that we elect only those who are constitutionally eligible – those who fit the definition of “natural born citizens.”
Is he eligible?
I don’t know for sure, but I suspect not – at least not by my understanding of what the founders had in mind when they ratified the Constitution.
I admire the way Ted Cruz has handled the matter. He quickly released his birth certificate. He didn’t make ad hominem attacks on anyone who questioned his eligibility. He didn’t suggest anyone who dared question him had racist motivations.
He even went so far as to renounce his Canadian citizenship! And he is not yet a candidate for president. The next presidential election is still three years away.
But I have to honestly say that I don’t think the founders intended for those holding dual citizenship at birth to be presidential candidates. After all, America has plenty of people who clearly meet the minimal eligibility requirements to be president. Do we really need to stretch them to the breaking point?
Of course, the difference is that Obama was actually born in the United States, unless you think Hawaii is part of another country or that someone traveled back in time to plant fake birth announcements in two newspapers to set up a fake paper trail. And that’s just plain dumb. But the truth is that they’re both eligible. Both were born to American parents; where they were born is irrelevant.
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