‘Birtherism 2.0’ rears its head

Ted Cruz isn’t running for anything at the moment, let alone for president of the United States.

But the junior U.S. senator from Texas might face some of the same questions that dogged the current president during most of his first term in office.

It involves his place of birth.


Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. The Constitution declares in Article II that “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States … shall be eligible to the Office of President.” Constitutional scholars say that because his mother was American, young Ted was a U.S. citizen when he came into this world.

Now he’s a U.S. senator, having been elected in 2012. Cruz is making a name for himself and has become a favorite among Republicans who would like him to run for president in 2016.

But some groups are questioning his eligibility, declaring that birth in Canada disqualifies him. If that sounds familiar, it should, as similar questions were raised when Barack Obama ran for president in 2008. The contention then, and through most of his first term, was that Obama wasn’t actually born in Hawaii, as he said, but instead was born overseas — to an American mother and a Kenyan father.

Well, the discussion about President Obama has largely subsided now that he’s been re-elected and cannot be elected again. He’ll leave office in January 2017.

Will his successor be Sen. Cruz?

He’s a long way from deciding whether to run for president. Politics being the occasional blood sport that it is, the newly minted Texas senator no doubt is expecting some payback from those who were angered at the questions raised about Barack Obama.

Stay tuned. Let’s await word (a) on whether Ted Cruz will jump into the presidential fray and (b) if he does take the leap into presidential politics, how he answers the questions about his birthplace.


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