A lot has been said about the potential eligibility of Senator Ted Cruz if he were to run for President of the United States. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, and today he released his birth certificate (partially as a gag). Ed Morrissey of Hot Air sums up the debacle, however, and this is about all we need to know:
The presidential requirement of being a “natural born citizen” in Article 2, Section 1 of the US Constitution is unique, in that the concept has pretty much no other application in American life. However, it’s not so unique as to be completely without analogy or comprehension. A natural-born citizen can be defined as an American that does not require extra intervention to access citizenship rights. If Cruz had to go through the naturalization process to vote, for instance, or to get a US passport, then he would not qualify to run for President. Instead, Cruz has been able to legally exercise his rights as a citizen without any other intervention except his coming of age, as all American citizens do. Current law makes it clear that regardless of how Canada sees Cruz, the US saw him as a citizen by provenance of his birth — a natural-born citizen.
Cruz is a natural-born citizen and any court in the country would uphold that. If he decided to take the plunge in 2016, he’s more than eligible. It will be up to the voters to decide if the first-term Senator is qualified, however.