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“NO PERSON, EXCEPT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN…”

by Sharon Rondeau

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz possessed Canadian citizenship until June 14, 2016, when the government of Canada affirmed that his renouncement application had been approved

(Feb. 19, 2016) — On “Your World” with Neil Cavuto on Friday, former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bob Dole told Cavuto that he is “100% for Jeb Bush” in the 2016 election.

When asked, he detailed why he does not support Sen. Ted Cruz, describing him as “overly ambitious” and “entered the Senate as a Canadian citizen.” (h/t Gateway Pundit)

Dole also said that Cruz had faulted Dole for not being a “right-wing extremist.”

Cavuto did not address Dole’s reference to Cruz’s Canadian citizenship by virtue of his birth in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 22, 1970.  Cruz, in fact, was a Canadian citizen until he applied to renounce the citizenship in May 2014 following a Dallas Morning News article publicizing what it reported as Cruz’s dual citizenship with the U.S.

Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen.”  Cruz now insists that he is a “natural born American.”

Many media outlets have conflated “citizen” with the higher standard of “natural born Citizen” required only of the president and commander-in-chief.

Cruz has not released any documentation showing that he was registered as a U.S. citizen at birth or later in life to a U.S.-citizen mother and Cuban-citizen father, the latter of whom reportedly became a Canadian citizen in 1973.

Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Darragh Cruz, does not speak publicly; she and Rafael Bienvenido Cruz reportedly divorced in 1997.

A lawsuit filed in Illinois challenges Cruz’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president because of his Canadian birth.  A ballot challenge filed by two New York residents will be adjudicated on Tuesday.  Robert Laity, a reader of The Post & Email residing in New York, also filed a challenge naming Cruz, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal as ineligible.

Scholars, writers, pundits and attorneys have both advocated for and contested Cruz’s eligibility by virtue of his birth to a U.S.-citizen parent.

Until The Dallas Morning News’s August 18, 2013 article suggesting that Cruz’s “dual citizenship” could pose a problem should he seek the presidency, Cruz said he did not know he held citizenship in Canada.

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