Is Ted Cruz A U.S. Citizen?

Stop me if you heard this before, Donald Trump does not think that someone running for president is from this country. Well this time he is not questioning President Obama, but his aim is at his chief rival in the GOP Presidential polls, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Trump said of Cruz’s birthplace and citizenship in an interview with the Washington Post. “It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make a decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.” Meanwhile, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who has been supporting Donald Trump for president, backed her candidate and declared that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is not a natural born U.S. citizen. She went on Twitter to make her point.

There has been plenty of talk about if Cruz is a United States citizen and few dispute that he is. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, in 1970 while his parents were working in the oil industry. Though his dad is from Cuba, his mother was a U.S. citizen, having been born in Delaware. Cruz held dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship, though he renounced the latter in 2014.

For those who still doubt that Cruz is a United States citizen lets go to NPR’s Domenico Montanaro who explained how there should be no question that he is an American.

“The U.S. Constitution says presidential candidates have to be ‘natural-born citizens.’ But the Supreme Court has never weighed in with a definition, leaving it open to interpretation.

“It’s a question that has come up before. In 2008, senators passed a resolution, making it clear, for example, that John McCain was allowed to run given that he was born on a U.S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, both senators then, voted for it.

“Barry Goldwater, the 1964 GOP nominee, was born in Arizona when it was a territory — not a state. And some questioned George Romney’s eligibility to run in 1968, because he was born in Mexico. Romney’s parents were U.S. residents.”

A couple of former men very familiar with the situation side with Cruz in the matter. Paul Clement, the solicitor general under for President George W. Bush and his successor Neal Katyal who held the same post in the Obama administration came together to pen an article for the Harvard Law Review.

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The duo agreed that “there is no question “Cruz is eligible and furthermore, “Cruz has been a citizen from birth and is thus a ‘natural born Citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution” and the “Naturalization Act of 1790.”

Earlier this fall  Trump himself was not buying the idea that Cruz was not a citizen.

“I hear it was checked out by every attorney and every which way, and I understand Ted is in fine shape,” Trump told ABC News last September of his rival’s constitutional eligibility because of his birthplace.

Well for his part Cruz has laughed off the suggestion he’s not eligible for the White House, taking to Twitter on Tuesday to post a link from the television show “Happy Days” that shows the character Fonzie jumping his motorcycle over a shark.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.