Ted Cruz, the recently surging presidential candidate, has faced the question of eligibility almost from the moment he declared his intention to run. It is nothing new for the question to be raised. It is also nothing that we have not seen in politics before. Obama continues to have a shadow of doubt over his eligibility. But, the question remains, can Ted Cruz legally take the office of President of these United States?
One would think that this is something that would have been put to bed by now. Why would a candidate wait so long to answer this question? Though it seems completely illogical to allow it to go on so long, Obama took the same tact, and it hurt him very little. But one Texas lawyer does not want that to happen. Therefore, he has taken action to answer the question.
Bloomberg Business reports
Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz should be disqualified from
the race because he isn’t a “natural-born citizen,” a fellow Texan claims in a “birther” challenge filed against the senator in a U.S. court.
The suit seeks a court definition of the term to clarify whether Cruz — who was born in Canada to an American mother — can or can’t serve if elected.
The issue is over the term “Natural Born Citizen.” What is a natural born citizen? Well, it seems that this would be an easy thing to understand, but there are questions. Let me show you what I mean.
So, does this mean that if you have one parent who is born American that you qualify, or do you have to have two parents? Can one be born an American and the other become a naturalized citizen? What if you are born in another country?
And we have to be careful not to begin to argue from what we think things should be; we have to stay with what is currently. And this is the issue for this lawyer
Newton Schwartz asked the Supreme Court in a 28-page complaint to decide whether Cruz – who was born in Calgary, Alberta to an American mother and a Cuban father – would be violating the Constitution’s “natural born citizen” requirement if he won the presidency.
“I have an uncertainty about it and no one has brought this up before,” Schwartz told Fox News Latino. “My doubts come from the wording of the Constitution.”
This has become a hot topic again because of Trump. He challenged Cruz in the most recent debate. And called Cruz out for not settling this himself. The assumption is that Cruz has not pushed the issue because he if afraid of the answer. But Cruz is making light of the issue.
Bloomberg Business reports
“There’s nothing to this birther issue,” Cruz said during the debate, noting that Trump said last fall that he was a natural-born citizen. “Since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed. But the poll numbers have. I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa. But the facts and the law are really clear. Under longstanding U.S. law, the child of a U.S. citizen abroad is a natural born citizen.”
Yet, the question remains. What has to be present for an otherwise natural born citizen to lose that status? We will see what the court decides. But, if the father’s citizenship is the question, where will that leave Obama?