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  •  the lawyer's art... (5+ / 0-)

    This is a little more complicated than you might imagine.

    The Constitution says that the President must be a natural born citizen, and this is broadly understood to mean that you must be born on US soil. Cruz doesn't qualify (nether does John McCain for that matter) but an alternate theory is that natural born citizen might also mean the child of a US citizen.

    Cruz must be sure to extinguish his Canadian citizenship in a way that never admits that he ever was a Canadian citizen.

    This is why we love/hate lawyers.....

    •  McCain was a Zonian (7+ / 0-)

         He was born in the former Panama Canal Zone, which was a U.S. territory at the time. He would have been eligible to be president, except for his inability to pick a qualified running mate...

      Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 55, CA-30

      by Zack from the SFV on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 07:47:57 PM PST

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    •  OK I get it, Like a non-apology sorta (0+ / 0-)

      I'm sorry that to anyone who thought I was a Canadian citizen just because I happened to be born there but despite international law I never considered myself to be anything but a true citizen of Texas.  No, wait....I mean.....

      A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

      by YellerDog on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:18:05 PM PST

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    •  Child of a US citizen (0+ / 0-)

      If both parents are US citizens, the child is automatically a natural-born US citizen (according to 8 USC § 1401).

      In Cruz's case, only one parent (his mother) was a US citizen. In that case, he's only a cizen if his mom resided in the US for at least 5 years after she turned 14.

      It's pretty likely that she did (although this has not been proved). So it's pretty likely (but not proved) that Cruz is a natural-born citizen.

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