Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Run for President?

The Dallas Morning News

According to the Constitution the President must have three qualifications. He or she must be above 35 years of age, a resident of the United States for 14 years, and a natural born citizen. Ted Cruz has being resident since he was 4 years old, and is 45 years old, however it is being disputed whether he is a natural born citizen.

Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada. However his mother was born in Delaware and was an American citizen so the the Naturalization Act of 1790 which stated that “children born abroad to U.S. citizens were, too, natural born citizens.”(politifact.com) would make him a natural born citizen. Also he moved to the U.S. when he was 4 so should we really hold it over him that he was born in another country when he spent the majority of his life in the U.S.?

However, Democrats seem to want to argue this issue a bit more considering how concerned the Republicans were with Obama possibly being born in Kenya, and then claiming Hawaii where he was actually born is not a real part of the United States. Most Republicans pay little attention to Cruz’s situation and ignore the fact of how passionate they were about the possibility of Obama not being a natural born citizen.

  1. Do you think that Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen?
  2. Do you think he should still be allowed to run even if he is not considered a natural born citizen?
  3. How do you feel about Cruz’s birthplace being considered less controversial to the GOP than Obama’s clearly legal birthplace?


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