January 12, 2016


As Trump's Attacks Continue, Cruz Finds It Tough to Stay on the High Road (PATRICK O'CONNOR, 1/12/16, WSJ)

Responding to Donald Trump's questions about his eligibility to be president, Mr. Cruz suggested Democrats were cheering for the celebrity businessman to win the nomination because he would be easier to beat in a general election.

"The past couple of elections we saw the Democrats thrilled they got the nominee they wanted to run against in the general election," Mr. Cruz told reporters after a campaign event at a gun range here. "It seems the Hillary folks are very eager to support Donald Trump."

Dangerous territory for the legislator.  Donald Trump has 100% name recognition and, while people overwhelmingly dislike him , they aren't going to suddenly discover they don't like him.  These are the first impressions Mr. Cruz is making on most people and, between Trump's attacks and his own, his negatives will skyrocket.  Never introduce yourself while snarling.

Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president (Mary Brigid McManamon January 12, 2015, Washington Post)

[S]en. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is not a natural-born citizen and therefore is not eligible to be president or vice president of the United States.

The Constitution provides that "No person except a natural born Citizen . . . shall be eligible to the Office of President." The concept of "natural born" comes from common law, and it is that law the Supreme Court has said we must turn to for the concept's definition. On this subject, common law is clear and unambiguous. The 18th-century English jurist William Blackstone, the preeminent authority on it, declared natural-born citizens are "such as are born within the dominions of the crown of England," while aliens are "such as are born out of it." The key to this division is the assumption of allegiance to one's country of birth. The Americans who drafted the Constitution adopted this principle for the United States. James Madison, known as the "father of the Constitution," stated, "It is an established maxim that birth is a criterion of allegiance. . . . [And] place is the most certain criterion; it is what applies in the United States."

Cruz is, of course, a U.S. citizen. As he was born in Canada, he is not natural-born.

Posted by at January 12, 2016 5:08 PM