A Canadian for US President?

Erin Beitlich, Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

Many say that our President, Barack Obama, was born in Kenya, which of course is not true because he was born in Hawaii. There are all kinds of conspiracies about Obama not being an actual natural-born American citizen.

Now, we have the Texas state senator, Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada running for president for 2016.

Many legal scholars state that it is still fine for Sen. Cruz to run despite his being born in Canada. But that doesn’t mean it is completely settled for Cruz. Now, to be able to be elected President, you must be a natural-born American Citizen, which is pretty self-explanatory. You must be born in the United States of America, which gives you citizenship at birth.

That is basically what the constitution states. No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States”  This is  what Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 states.

With Cruz being born in Calgary, Canada, his mother being born in Delaware, and his father being born in Cuba, his situation is sort of similar to Obama’s in a way. Obama’s mother was born in Kansas, and his father was African, but the main difference between them is that Obama is a natural-born citizen and Cruz is not. In my opinion, Cruz should not be able to run.