Canadian-born senator Ted Cruz questioned about eligibility to run for president in 2016
- The new senator joined other prominent Republicans in Iowa this weekend for a fundraiser
- Cruz was born to American citizens in Canada, where they were working for an oil company at the time
By Ashley Collman Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 21 July 2013
Iowa is the first state to hold primary elections, which makes it a popular stop for prospective runners to familiarize themselves with the locals.
In an interview with ABC News, Cruz dodged the 2016 question.
‘I’m not focused on the politics…the last office I was elected to was student council. So this has been a bit of a whirlwind,’ Cruz said.
But many are questioning whether the staunch conservative is even eligible for the office, since Cruz was born in Canada.
The U.S. constitution states that only ‘natural born citizens’ are eligible to occupy the office of president – a term that the constitution does not define.
Though he was born on foreign soil, both of his parents were U.S. citizens which would have automatically made him a citizen as well.
And though he walked around the presidential run question, he did seem confident in his eligibility.
‘My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She was a U.S. citizen, so I’m a U.S. citizen,’ he said.
Cruz said he would not engage in a legal debate about his citizenship.
‘The facts are clear,’ Cruz said. ‘I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were. And then as a legal matter, others can worry about that.’
There has been debate over whether children of American parents born outside of the country are officially natural born citizens.
Since McCain was taken seriously as a candidate in 2008, Cruz’s Canadian birth might not be an issue.
But his foreign birth, and the fact that his father emigrated from Cuba, are interesting in the perspective of Cruz’s opposition to immigration reform.
Cruz has been an outspoken critic of the immigration bill currently going through Congress, especially the fact that it opens up a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S.
The bill is being pushed by Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio – another early contender for the Republican nomination.
In his brief career as a senator, Cruz has become a controversial figure in congress – alienating senators in both parties for his confrontational style.
Cruz is an opponent to abortion and a supporter of the second-amendment right to bear arms. He believes that President Obama used the school shooting in Sandy Hook as an ‘excuse’ to push an anti-gun agenda.
He believes the reason Obama was elected in 2008 was because Republicans had lost their way and weren’t standing by their principles.
In order to win the White House in 2016, Cruz believes the party needs a candidate who is fiercely conservative.
‘If you look at the last 40 years, a consistent pattern emerges. Anytime Republicans nominate a candidate for president who runs as a strong conservative, we win. And when we nominate a moderate who doesn’t run as a conservative, we lose.’
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