6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

Ted Cruz, Canadian, American citizen, natural born citizen, Goldman SachsEvery political candidate has things they’d rather not have discussed about them in public. GOP hopeful Ted Cruz hopes you’ll ignore these.

Two years ago, I wrote the first “6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You To Forget” post. Surprisingly, it has been a a very popular post. And I had to wonder why? There are things every political candidate would prefer voters not focus on as they run for office, and it seems like these are very interesting to voters, especially those who want to support the Texas Republican:

1. He wants you to forget he was born in Canada. Yes, Cruz is an American citizen because his mother is and was at time of his birth. But he wants his fans to think he is a “natural born” citizen, as is required by the Constitution. But conservatives and “birthers” can’t have it both ways — they can’t keep stirring the pot of whether Barack Obama was born in the U.S. (which he was) and keep insisting that to be eligible to run for president a candidate must be born on U.S. soil.  Being born in Canada, makes Cruz a Canadian citizen, as well, though Cruz claims he’s “renounced” that. But

2. Odds are he used to get his health insurance from a Goldman Sachs “Cadillac plan.” While the junior Senator from Texas is trying to prevent more Americans from getting any sort of health plan at all, some have wondered — how can U.S. senators be against a government-backed health insurance plan when they benefit from one themselves?  Good question in the hypocrisy department, but Cruz may have had even better coverage than his Senate colleagues before he announced his run for president. Cruz’s wife was the head of a regional Goldman Sachs office (yes, THAT Goldman Sachs), and according to a 2009 New York Times report, top executive officers and managing directors there “are eligible to participate in a health care program that costs Goldman more than $40,000 in premiums for each particpant’s family annually.” She is currently on an unpaid leave of absence from the Wall Street giant (so presumably not entitled to the health insurance perk while not receiving  salary) and even though Cruz initially said he would have to jump into the Obamacare pool, ultimately he opted to buy health insurance on the open market.  But that begs the question – if he is elected president, how will he square his opposition to the Affordable Care Act with the fact that he will have to insure his family through it?

3. Cruz clerked for two extreme judicial conservatives. If you have any question about just how conservative Cruz is, look no further than two far-right jurists he clerked for, the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist and J. Michael Luttig, formerly a judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, well known as an extremely conservative bench (though that has been changing in recent years).

4. He doesn’t like fact-checkers. Facts? We don’t need no stinking facts! As least that’s what Cruz seems to think when it comes to his statements. Reporters who fact-checked assertions Cruz made in his infamous “Green Eggs and Ham” Obamacare super-speech a couple of years ago mad him outraged! Cruz claimed that fact-checking is “a particularly pernicious bit of yellow journalism that has cropped up that lets journalists be editorial writers and pretend they are talking about objective facts.”  So I guess he believes in the Chuck Todd method of reporting?

5. His real name is Rafael. That’s shouldn’t be a biggy. Many people who are named after their fathers go by a nickname. But as someone who seems to have an eye on the White House, surely Cruz knows what happens to candidates who have names that seem a little out of the ordinary to the tea party crowd?

6. His aunt was a counter-revolutionary against Fidel Castro. While Cruz’s father fought alongside Castro before fleeing Cuba, the elder Cruz’s sister fought against the Communist regime. How many people can say they’re related to revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries? His aunt’s role will probably play well with the very politically influential Florida Cuban voting bloc if he really has presidential aspirations. But his pro-Castro dad his been prominent in Cruz’s campaign? And as he surely knows, the all important South Florida Cuban community won’t favor anyone with pro-Castro ties, no matter how far in the past.

Joanne Bamberger is an independent journalist and journalism entrepreneur who is also the author/editor of book Amazon bestseller “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox” (She Writes Press). She is the publisher and editor in chief of The Broad Side, and is the principal of Broad Side Strategies, a strategic communications firm.

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  • Sally

    He no longer has Goldman-Sachs insurance, as Heidi had to take a leave while Teddy pretends he’s the Second Coming. The family is now on the ACA, which he voted to repeal yesterday..again.
    And do check his ‘citizenship.’ I read that when the
    family’ moved to Canada for 8 years, both parents became Canadian citizens, not just Daddy, who only became American about two years’ ago, just in time for Second Coming to run fro POTUS.
    I’d also add some information about Dominionism, which the press is avoiding, and which is the building block that the Cruz family is using to take over America for Gawd.

    • Buzz

      There could be much worse things than working for our God; this nation was settled under that, we became rich and respected with the values set down by the Bible through the Lord. In fact, there are much worse things! My concern is his denial of certain things he said early on and what he tried to get by with on the Brett Baier show.

      • touria55

        WHY don’t you tell us about the denials and what Rafael tried to get by with on the Brett Baier show?

        • Jerrie Queener Boring

          Yes, Tell us if you can.

    • NymRod

      “I read that when the family’ moved to Canada for 8 years, both parents became Canadian citizens”

      Please provide sources to support your claim.

      • wieceu

        The Cruz family resides in Canada for the next eight years. “I worked in Canada for eight years,” Rafael Cruz says. “And while I was in Canada, I became a Canadian citizen.” – (From and interview with NPR) Ted Cruz is born in Canada, to two parents who had lived in Canada for at least four years at that time, and Ted’s father had applied for and received Canadian citizenship under Canadian Immigration and Naturalization Laws, as stated by Rafael Cruz. Now the question did Ted’s mother do that as well? Even if he answer was no as a result this applies. US statutes would have voided the prior “green card” status which requires among other things, permanent residency within the United States and obviously, not becoming a citizen of another country during the time frame of the US green card for Ted’s father. Now on US Citizenship for Ted at birth. Since Ted’s mother had not lived it the US one year prior to his birth then US Citizenship was not conveyed at birth by statue. To become a US Citizen Ted need to be naturalized. All Ted has to is to unseal the records. Sounds like Obama.

        • Buster000

          and from teds own mouth he said he was never naturalized.

          • Jae Ashley Stewart

            Cruz was never naturalized because HE IS A NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN. In 1969, Cruz’s mother lived in the United States. Cruz was born in 1970, the very next year. I’m so sick of every half-wit yahoo professing to be smart enough, educated enough and knowledgeable enough to post absolutes about issues far beyond their comprehension!!

          • Buster000

            “HE IS A NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN.”
            Yes, he’s a natural born Canadian citizen, not a U.S. one. His birth certificate proves it. He could have become a naturalized U.S. citizen by birth because of his mother [by existing immigration law] but only if she files the proper paperwork before his 18th birthday. She didn’t do that. Because of that failure he isn’t even a U.S. citizen and is in this country illegally. He should be arrested and deported regardless if he studied U.S. constitutional law. And don’t bring up the Naturalization Act of 1790 because it’s been replaced in it’s entirety by subsequent statutes to what we have today. Everyone with even a rudimentary understanding of U.S. law understands that. I too am sick of stupid half-wit people who don’t know the law of the land except what they read via Google searches. On a side note his father was Cuban at the time of his birth and by Cuban law still is regardless of where he lives. That makes Rafael “Teddy” Cruz a Cuban citizen as well [dual Cuban/Canadian]. Look that up.

        • Jeanne Stotler

          Mother was in England prior to going to Canada, had become a Brit. citizen

      • Buster000

        Here’s a good article that supports the claim: capitolhilloutsider.com/ted-cruz-is-not-a-legal-u-s-citizen-at-all/

    • wieceu

      Employers with 20 or more employees are required to offer continued health insurance for up to 18 months to employees who leave the company.

    • Leif

      Umm, but 0bama was supposed to be the 2nd Coming. At least, that is what all the flaming libs would have us believe. With 90+ million out of the workforce, muslim extremists and terror attacks on the rise, no immigration policy, etc. How’s that been working out for you?

    • Buster000

      You forgot to mention that Rafael said he never filed for U.S. naturalization. That makes him 50 50 Cuban/Canadian and an illegal alien ready for deportation.

      • Jae Ashley Stewart

        Buster000, you’re assumption is totally irrational, proving you don’t have a ounce of sense. Cruz has some Cuban blood in him. So what? He has never even been to Cuba. Unless you are 100% American Indian, you have all foreign blood in you. We all do. Cruz’s mother was born in the United States and lived in the U.S. until a few months before Cruz was born. TED CRUZ IS A NATURAL-BORN U.S. CITIZEN, and if you don’t believe me, believe this U.S. judge who ruled that the same is true.

        http://lawnewz.com/important/judge-smacks-down-trumps-ted-cruz-birther-claims-and-hardly-anyone-covers-it/

        • Buster000

          Irrational? Its the law. Stupid is as stupid does I suppose. Apparently you don’t get it and you never will. Don’t know what you mean about American Indian [native before European] as it has nothing to do with this nation. Just an fyi, if you’re one generation in, born Jus Soli of two U.S. citizen parents [plural], then you are natural born [right of soil] and not by law — period! The concern at the time was obviously that foreign-born persons might not be as loyal to the U.S. Again, your Google searches doesn’t change a thing and a lame judges opinion is not absolute.

          Note: the closer you study the Constitution, the weaker Cruz’s case squares with the actual meaning of natural born. The constitutional text provides that a president, unlike other elected officials, must be a natural born citizen. This language could not mean anyone born a citizen or else the text would have simply stated born citizen. The word “natural” is a limiting qualifier that indicates only some persons who are born citizens qualify.

          Moreover, when the Constitution was enacted, the word natural meant something not created by statute, as with natural rights or natural law, which instead were part of the common law. At common law, natural born meant someone born within the sovereign territory with one narrow exception. The exception was for children of public officials serving abroad, which does not help Cruz because his parents were not serving the United States when he was born in Canada.

          Now the typical argument is as follows: the U.S. statute in 1790 provided that “children of citizens of the United States” that are born abroad “shall be considered as natural born Citizens.” This has been thought the strongest evidence for Cruz’s position since so many 1790 congressmen had participated in the Constitutional Convention.

          That statute however did not say such children were natural born citizens. It instead carefully said they “shall be considered as” natural born citizens, suggesting that Congress thought they were not natural born citizens but should be treated as such. There wouldn’t have been a need to pass the statute if they were already understood to be natural born citizens.

          To further the argument, when this Act was reconsidered a few years later, Madison himself pointed out that Congress only had constitutional authority to naturalize aliens, not U.S. citizens, and reported a bill that amended the 1790 statute to eliminate the words “natural born” and simply state that “the children of citizens of the United States” born abroad “shall be considered as citizens.”

          This certainly indicates that Madison’s view was that children born abroad of U.S. citizens were naturally aliens, rather than natural born citizens, and thus could be naturalized by Congressional statute but should not be called “natural born.” Congress adopted this amendment in the Naturalization Act of 1795. Natural born and Naturalized are two different animals entirely!

  • Kerri Burns

    Don’t forget this… Ole Teddy wants to open our borders to Canada and Mexico. That’s what his backers want.

    TED CRUZ, HENRY KISSINGER AND THE GLOBALISTS
    Heidi Cruz and the North American Union/Security and Prosperity Partnership

    http://www.newswithviews.com/Nelson/kelleigh256.htm

  • Sean Boon

    Here’s a though experiment. A pregnant American goes on a trip outside of the United States. While on her trip she goes into labor and her child is born on foreign soil. Is the child a US citizen? Is the child now disqualified to become a US President? One more question. Where were the first 6 US Presidents born? Answer those questions and you will be on your way to the truth surrounding Ted Cruz’s birth rights.

    • Weismonger

      Yes, child is a US citizen BUT IS NOT A “NATURAL US CITIZEN” THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. Only an act of Congress can make a foreign born US Citizen a “NATURAL BORN” US CITIZEN..WHICH TED CRUZ DOES NOT HAVE

      • Sean Boon

        Hey Weismonger, here’s a link to shore up your confusion. http://harvardlawreview.org/2015/03/on-the-meaning-of-natural-born-citizen/

        • Norman Scherer
          • Sean Boon

            Haha, haha! I gave you a link from Harvard and you give me a link from salon.com. That liberal “news” site is almost entirely opinion. Hey, Norman your arguments are similar to salon.com; all opinion and no substance. Give me the laws that back you up; not political philosophy. Look at my other replies to your cohort and you will see my research back argument. Thanks for the laughs. Have a good day.

          • Norman Scherer
          • Norman Scherer

            The Salon article was written by Einer Elhauge is the Petrie Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Founding Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics.

          • Norman Scherer

            And I did give you another link to an article (not the Salon one) that contains numerous citations of laws and court cases. Did the link not work?

            Here’s one from that paper:

            In the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 at page 688; 18 S. Ct. 456, 472, 42 L ed 89, it was said:…But it has not touched the acquisition of citizenship by being born abroad of American parents; and has left that subject to be regulated, as it had always been, by Congress, in the exercise of the power conferred by the Constitution to establish an uniform rule of naturalization.” And again on page 702, “Citizenship by naturalization can only by acquired by naturalization under the authority and in the forms of law. But citizenship by birth is established by mere fact of birth under the circumstances defined in the Constitution. Every person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, becomes at once a citizen of the United States and needs no naturalization. A person born out of the jurisdiction of the United States can only become a citizen by being naturalized, either by treaty, as in the case of the annexation of foreign territory, or by authority of Congress, exercised by declaring certain classes of persons to be citizens, as in the enactments conferring citizenship upon foreign-born children of citizens, or by enabling foreigners individually to become citizens by proceedings in the judicial tribunals, as in the ordinary provisions of the naturalization acts.”

          • Norman Scherer

            https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzruMkeztdHtU3Bkalc0enE3N1k/view?usp=sharing

            Your replies contain opinions. Here is a sampling:

            “Just a question. What do you define as natural born? For me and some of the US laws. Natural born means you are a US citizen at birth and that you didn’t have to go through a naturalization process to become a citizen.”

            “What do you define as “natural born citizen”? I define it as being a US citizen at birth and not getting your citizenship through the naturalization process.”

            “U.S. citizen parent was physically present in United States or its outlying possessions for at least 5 years prior to child’s birth…the child is a U.S. Citizen at birth.”

            You seem to be confusing the idea that since US citizenship was obtained automatically and immediately at birth by virtue of the Naturalization laws, that somehow that means you are “natural born”. If you obtain citizenship by virtue of a naturalization law, which Ted Cruz did, you are a naturalized citizen and not a natural born citizen.

            Sir Winston Churchill, one of Britain’s greatest parliamentarians, Prime Minister, son of an American mother, was born in England. He was not considered a natural born citizen of the United States but he was awarded Honorary Citizenship by Act of Congress at the request of John F. Kennedy in recognition of his great friendship for and wartime collaboration with Franklin D. Roosevelt and the American public.

      • Sean Boon

        Just a question. What do you define as natural born? For me and some of the US laws. Natural born means you are a US citizen at birth and that you didn’t have to go through a naturalization process to become a citizen. How would you differentiate between the two and what law are you sighting?

        • Norman Scherer

          It’s “citing” not “sighting”, and here is a paper written by a lawyer in 1968 when there was a debate about Mitt Romney’s dad George Romney (who was born in Mexico) wanting to run for President and whether he was eligible:

          https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzruMkeztdHtU3Bkalc0enE3N1k/view?usp=sharing

          There are numerous citations of British law, US law and Supreme Court opinions in the above link that support the fact that a Constitutional requirement for being a US President is that they must be born on US soil and include definitions of what is a “natural born” citizen. To summarize, the key qualification is under what dominion or jurisdiction were you born under? If your birth was in a land that was not under US jurisdiction (such as Canada), you must be naturalized. If under US jurisdiction, you are natural born. The naturalization can be automatic and immediate or under a process in the courts but that is irrelevant. It is still naturalization. Congress cannot change the fact of where you were born by a law. They can only make you a “citizen” but where you were born defines whether you are a naturalized citizen or a natural born citizen.

          The framers of the Constitution wanted to ensure that the office of the President could only be occupied by someone who was at least 35 years old, lived on US soil a minimum of 14 years and be born in our country or natural born. This is the only elected official that has this requirement. Senators and US representatives have different requirements but neither require birth in our country. The Presidential birth requirement was a safeguard against foreign governments getting one of their own citizens to eventually becoming Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces and might have dubious allegiance. It’s a good protection IMO.

          • Sean Boon

            Yes I now the word is cite my phone likes to auto correct and I’m to busy laughing to edit my post.

    • wieceu

      There were 8 presidents born on US soil the day the Constitution was ratified. It was impossible to be from a country that did not exist. That is the reason the founders put in the the exception for those who would become Presidents in the Constitution that were born in what would became the US. After those 8 men every President since that time has been born on US soil. Ted is a naturalized citizen the same as any child born on foreign soil. They gain their citizenship through a act of congress. The only exception for citizenship at birth which is born on the soil is these categories. As a member of the U.S. armed forces in honorable status;​ •Under the employment of the U.S. government or other qualifying organizations; or​ ​•As a dependent unmarried son or daughter of such person. These are considered US Citizens at birth. In Ted’s case his father or mother were under no such terms. Therefore Ted’s mother was required to file a form wit the State Department and apply for US Citizenship for Ted and prove he was born to a US Citizen and what that entails. Hence congress is responsible for determining citizenship through the Naturalization act. Since it took Ted to become a US Citizen through this act he is in effect a naturalized US Citizen and not “Natural Born” The Supreme court has already spoken on this in 2 court cases that Ted knows or should know quite well. Throw the birther name is akin to being called a racists. It is an effort to shut down conversation. Ted being the man of the constitution should welcome the discussion. I forget it benefits him not to have a discussion.

      • Sean Boon

        Hey wieceu can you post the links of where you found your research so that I can check them out? Thanks.

        • wieceu

          http://www.constitution.org/abus/pres_elig.htm is one place. http://www.usanewsandinformationservice.com/uspresidentsfb.htm Presidents, that were born before 1776, meaning they were born before the United States existed:

          1. George Washington (1789-1797) was born in 1732, in the British Colony of Virginia, and was a British subject, until the formation of the Government of the United States of America in 1789, when he became its first president. 2. John Adams (1797-1801) was born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1735. 3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) was born in 1743 in the colony of Virginia. 4. James Madison (1809-1817) was born in 1751 in the colony of Virginia. 5. James Monroe (1817-1825) was born in the colony of Virginia, in 1758. 6. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) was born in 1767 in the colony of Massachusetts. 7. Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) was born in 1767 in the colony of the Carolinas. 8. Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) was born in 1782 in the colony of New York. 9. William Henry Harrison (1841) was born in 1773 in the colony of of Virginia. He died in office from pneumonia and died on his 32nd day in office. John Tyler (1841-1845) was the First officially US born president. He was born in March 29, 1790, in the State of Virginia in USA. Knowing this they added the language to make sure that anyone who was born on what would become US soil on the day of adoption of the Constitution would be eligible. That is the reason McCain went to the Senate and asked for and received confirmation he was natural born having been born in Panama. I think it is murky water that Ted is playing in. What makes it more murky is Ted sealed his records. Those that support Ted are willing to overlook inquiry.

          • Sean Boon

            According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, section 301(g), for children born abroad, “one parent is a U.S citizen; other parent is a foreign national…U.S. citizen parent was physically present in United States or its outlying possessions for at least 5 years prior to child’s birth…the child is a U.S. Citizen at birth.”

          • KnittingNana

            No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

            ARTICLE II, SECTION 1, CLAUSE 5

          • KnittingNana

            The third qualification to be President is that one must be a “natural born Citizen” (or a citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution). Although any citizen may become a Member of Congress so long as he has held citizenship for the requisite time period, to be President, one must be “a natural born Citizen.” Undivided loyalty to the United States was a prime concern. During the Constitutional Convention, John Jay wrote to George Washington, urging “a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.” Justice Story later noted that the natural-born–citizenship requirement “cuts off all chances for ambitious foreigners, who might otherwise be intriguing for the office.”

          • Sean Boon

            What do you define as “natural born citizen”? I define it as being a US citizen at birth and not getting your citizenship through the naturalization process. Can you show me the law that supports your definition of “natural born”? Thanks.

          • Beth Owen

            YOU don’t get to decide the definition of NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. It has been clearly defined for over 200 years. The definition is NOT AT DEBATE.

          • Sean Boon

            Well Beth. Please give me the Constitutional definition of “natural born citizen”, because so far no one, who has commented on this tread, has provided the definition per the Constitution. I can back up my definition. Would you like the links I have already posted in previous threads to support my definition based on Constitutional grounds? Please provide your evidence for your definition. So far I’m just hearing opinion.

          • Norman Scherer

            In the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 at page 688; 18 S. Ct. 456, 472, 42 L ed 89, it was said:…But it has not touched the acquisition of citizenship by being born abroad of American parents; and has left that subject to be regulated, as it had always been, by Congress, in the exercise of the power conferred by the Constitution to establish an uniform rule of naturalization.” And again on page 702, “Citizenship by naturalization can only by acquired by naturalization under the authority and in the forms of law. But citizenship by birth is established by mere fact of birth under the circumstances defined in the Constitution. Every person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, becomes at once a citizen of the United States and needs no naturalization. A person born out of the jurisdiction of the United States can only become a citizen by being naturalized, either by treaty, as in the case of the annexation of foreign territory, or by authority of Congress, exercised by declaring certain classes of persons to be citizens, as in the enactments conferring citizenship upon foreign-born children of citizens, or by enabling foreigners individually to become citizens by proceedings in the judicial tribunals, as in the ordinary provisions of the naturalization acts.”

          • Norman Scherer

            In Luria v. United States, 231 US 9, in a unanimous decision Justice Van Deventer, speaking for the court, at page 22, stated: “Under our Constitution, a naturalized citizen stands on an equal footing with the native citizen in all respects, save that of eligibility to the Presidency.” Cited with approval by Justice Frankfurter in Blumgartner vs. U.S. 322 U.S. 673.

          • Norman Scherer

            Congress, in its exclusive control of naturalization, could make any person born outside of the limits of the United States a citizen, either automatically or by pursuit of a proper court proceeding; but, it is not within the power of Congress in its control of naturalization to alter the fact of place of birth to make a foreign born child a “natural-born” citizen as described in clause 4, section 1 of Article II of the Constitution so as to become thereby eligible to become the President.

          • Sean Boon

            What does the Constitution define as a “natural born citizen”? Please tell me. I can’t find it in there anywhere. Further more the Supreme Court has said in other cases that a Presidential candidate’s natural born status can’t be disputed by the general public only by other Presidential candidates.

          • KnittingNana

            No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

            ARTICLE II, SECTION 1, CLAUSE 5

          • Sean Boon

            I know what the clause says, but the question is; what is the definition of “natural born?” Upon further research, I found that the definition of “natural born” means to be a US citizen from birth and not having to go through the US naturalization process. The legal definition makes Ted Cruz a natural born citizen. If you want to find all of the research links I have posted look at the responses I have made to other people, or I can post them for you to read. Let me know!

          • Norman Scherer

            Law of Nations Book 1
            § 212. Citizens and natives.

            The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.

          • Norman Scherer

            Ted Cruz was automatically naturalized at birth by an act of Congress by virtue of its naturalization laws which convey US citizenship immediately at birth to children of US citizens born on foreign soil. Anyone born outside the jurisdiction of the US can only become a US citizen via naturalization laws. Whether they are automatically conveyed or you have to go through a process to become naturalized is irrelevant.

          • Beth Owen

            Excellent. You could be a legal scholar. Seriously.

          • KnittingNana

            Seriously!

      • Kait Ryan

        Up until 1977 Canada did not allow for its citizens to hold dual citizenship. Ted Cruz being born in Canada in 1970 was considered a Canadian citizen and therefore could not also be a citizen of the United States. His parents at the time of his birth would have had to renounce his Canadian citizenship in favor of his American one. The fact that they did not do this creates very murky waters. I am rather suprised Trump and his cronies have not grabbed hold of this.

        • Jerrie Queener Boring

          I can assure you that Trump would have already caused a stink if there was any truth to your story. That in itself makes me know that Ted is a US citizen.

  • Annalee

    What’s wrong with clerking for a conservative?

  • Sean Boon

    The truth can always over come political rhetoric from either side because it doesn’t change with the will of the mob. If Ted Cruz were Barack Obama this would be a non-issue.

  • AZartist

    cruz’s father backed fidel… no big deal… except I thought he was a born again Christian preacher… maybe fidel didn’t know…

  • DsMTwoShoes

    Now there seems to be a question as to was Eleanor, Teddys mother. Married to his supposed father, Rafael Senior? At the time little Teddy was born.
    Her name on the birth certificate is Wilson?
    There is a little matter of Eleanor citizenship under Canadian Law?
    Trump should have a field day with Teddys family foibles!

  • Sean Boon

    I don’t know about all the hear say that is swirling around Ted Cruz and his family. I know that some of the experts on the subject, Ted Cruz being one of them, seem to not be too concerned. We can talk all day about it, but there have been several examples of Presidential candidates who were born on foreign soil and have been able to run. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, section 301(g), for children born abroad, “one parent is a U.S citizen; other parent is a foreign national…U.S. citizen parent was physically present in United States or its outlying possessions for at least 5 years prior to child’s birth…the child is a U.S. Citizen at birth.”

    • Santified Common Sense

      Nobody questions whether or not he is a US citizen. But he was also a Canadian citizen for a long time (like his whole life until 2014). Also, the criteria for running for President is more stringent to ensure no questions concerning allegiance. Regardless of that, his wife is on the task force for North American Union (http://www.cfr.org/canada/building-north-american-community/p8102), as in “hello open borders that assist corporations moving to Mexico”. Despite his staunch conservatism in some areas he is not conservative enough on immigration. His website plan looks plausible but he did not talk about the wall until Trump did. And where are his leadership skills? See anybody modeling themselves after him? Not just politicians – any potential candidates that want to follow his brand of political activism? Look, Ted is a good guy, a young conservative and that is refreshing. I have listened to some of his debates on the senate floor and he makes his argument, but without persuasion. Now you can argue the Washington Cartel and all that.. but you would think he could persuade some? No. We conservatives have asked for argument and fighting against a crippled, liberal and ineffective Federal Government left in ruins from the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Reid and President Obama. I get it. But I have a check in my gut about Cruz being ready for CEO of the USA. That is a big executive job. He is a talented debater, but CEO? No experience. He has only been a Junior Senator for 3 years. I know he has served on the judicial side. I can’t vote for him due to that, his wife’s (possible first lady) commitment to the North American Union, and his lack of passion regarding immigration, security, and building up defense. His “sand glow in the dark” comment was definitely “tongue in cheek” and reminds me of Bush saying “wanted dead or alive”. These things make me think he is not equipped to be CEO. Look he is conservative – OK I get that. But you have to be qualified, wise and mature for the job, and that means knowing how to prioritize and get to work day one turning the country around. He has tremendous intelligence, but wisdom is a whole other thing. Who will be in his cabinet? What kind of “outside Washington” connections does he have? I think donors will play a role in that… say Glenn Beck and others like him, Romney maybe?

      I may not like Trumps past social positions, but he has led the way on setting priorities for turning the country around. Immigration, The Border Wall, Corporate Investment, Trade, Defense, Tax Reform. Cruz developed an immigration policy for his platform AFTER Trump struck a nerve with the electorate on the issue. These are issues that Trump has led on from his opening speech. He has taken a lot of flack for the things he has said and stood firm. That is not a flip flopper, that is strength and leadership. He may not be as far right as Cruz, but his agenda is in line with conservatism and he appeals to independents we need to win in the general. And he has the connections to form a cabinet of talented and brilliant administrators, and Joint Chiefs. I also think he will nominate conservative Supreme Court Justices, because I think his social positions are more conservative now, especially if Pastor Robert Jeffress can speak a word or 2 in Trumps ear moving forward. And hey Trump like polls, so I think he will listen to the American people as he serves.

      I do think Cruz would select very conservative Supreme Court Justices, and make a good attorney general selection for his cabinet should he win. Other than that he served during the Bush campaign. News flash: that will be used against him (and that his wife served in the Bush Administration) and the democrats can run against Bush a third time! So I’m not sure if Cruz can beat Hillary, because he turns the stomachs of some conservatives, some independents, and all democrats with is confrontational “in your face” antics. He will debate Hillary by mocking her on a national stage as he has been. He has a sort of mocking tone you know… I tell you what Trump, you just offered me the VP slot… you see what I mean? He fights yes, but with a little too much sarcasm that just doesn’t influence people. Will he speak that way to other foreign leaders? I’m not sure a President Cruz could get anything done in Washington. Trump can use his popularity to put pressure on Congress to support his plan, and he is persuasive. Hillary is not likable to be sure, but many see the Clinton’s as centrist’s that simply pander to the left. She will get all of her base and some independents that see Cruz as a little too radical, and inexperienced. Of course we know better, she is dangerous and Ted Cruz would make a much better President than any democrat! But can he convince the General Electorate and bring home 270 electoral votes?

      In the end we should continue to pursue the convention of states because Congress is too far gone. We cannot clean it up through elections at this point. Everyone needs to go, with mandatory new elections for every office with rules in place that lobbyist’s and PAC’s cannot participate. Until that happens the Deep State (or Cartel as Cruz would say) , Foreign Interests and Globalists are still running the show in Congress.

      • Sean Boon

        If you vote for a King (Trump) instead of a Constitutional conservative (Ted) then this County is in real trouble. We are not a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic and that matters because we have been moving further toward democracy and the US will go the way of the Roman empire.

        • sandra1947

          Then maybe you and Ted and Trump ought to read the Constitution, the real one, not the one the Republican leaning court butchered.

          • Sean Boon

            I have read the actual document. So, no new laws have been created since the signing of the Constitution? Please tell me you definition of natural born citizen and the law that supports your definition

          • Sean Boon

            what does the Constitution define as natural born citizen?

        • Santified Common Sense

          I respect what you are saying and in other elections have felt the same way. However, it has now become obvious that special interests have far too much power in our country so that our representative republic no longer functions as one. The people keep getting over-ruled. I have some reservations about Trump. However, I have far more for Cruz because Mercer owns him, and he also owes favors to folks like Glenn Beck, and others that support him. He is also a mason, for TPP, and although his official position on illegal immigration and border security is fine – it is one he developed after he saw Trump gain a lot of traction with it. Also, you know his wife was on the task force of the North American Community, right? In the end, his real position on illegal immigration and border security is weak. He is a free trade open border globalist. Look, Cruz has proven by way of his campaign that he is a real professional politician (panderer). Believe me he is not independent and will be representing the few a lot more than the many. Trump may not be the ideal conservative, but he is not the dictator you make him out to be and at the very least he is independent and seems to listen to the people, not the special interests. He is strong on the border and illegal immigration, national security, defense, and the economy. I also think he will select conservative judges for the SC – but that is my largest reservation. Trump has led on critical issues concerning America today, which were not even on the Cruz radar. Cruz has cherry picked Trumps positions and refined them. I do not even want Cruz as VP. IF Trump has to negotiate with other candidates to get the 1237, I would rather he go to either Rubio or Kasich though they are both far too close to the center for me. Cruz is conservative, but I have a strong check in my spirit about the man. I will vote for him if he becomes the nominee but he is not my first or second choice. But I hope Trump wins and has the freedom to select his own VP. Not Christie, Carson or Palin either.

    • JanisL

      Scuttle going around: Cruz’s mother was born in Canada; his father was a Cuban noncitizen at his birth; further, his mother failed to register Cruz as a U..S. Citizen after his birth, in Canada, making him by default, a Canadian! Game over for Rafael!

      • Sean Boon

        If Cruz’s mother was born in Canada then how does she have a US birth certificate?According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, section 301(g), for children born abroad, “one parent is a U.S citizen; other parent is a foreign national…U.S. citizen parent was physically present in United States or its outlying possessions for at least 5 years prior to child’s birth…the child is a U.S. Citizen at birth.”

  • Ridonkulous101

    Any evangelical christian supporting Ted needs to do their homework. His wife’s connections to J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and the Council on Foreign Relations puts her squarely in the Globalist camp. If you think the North American Union is a grand idea, with no borders on the north or south, then Ted is probably your guy. If you want a smooth-talking lawyer with one senate term under his belt, then Ted is probably your guy…wait, that sounded a tad like our sitting POTUS, no? Just saying. He is NOT what he is trying desperately to appear to be.

  • Sean Boon

    Yeah, maybe there seems to be conflicts of interest with people surrounding Ted Cruz but he has a 100% scorecard from Heritage Action for America, so his actions speak louder than your words.

    • milomilosovich

      What has he actually done except pontificate? He didn’t even show up to vote on the “Audit the Fed” bill that HE co-sponsored!

      • Sean Boon

        If I can provide you with a list of ways in which he has acted as a true conservative will you change your mind? If not then I won’t waste my breathe. Name another candidate who has shaken up the Senate and helped slow roll the growth of the overreaching hand of the federal government!?

        • Berrisford Henriques

          Is that what conservatives do, dismantle one of the best examples of GOVERNMENT in the history of mankind? When we weaken and diminish our federal government, how will we compete with the likes of the Chinese and the Russians who have no problem with using the clout of their big governmental apparatus, to buy influence and control even in our own backyard? You people like to talk about the constitution, but it did not give roles like national security and promoting the general welfare of the nation to the states. Without a big and powerful government, the U.S. would just be a mediocre country and would have probably lost its influence around the world along with losing the bigger states like Texas and California to the greed and lust for power of folks like Ted Cruz. You better be careful what you wish for, but then again you might not be patriotic enough to really care about America. It is now clear to me that greed Cruz’s allegiance is not with this country and it’s democratic institutions. He probably would prefer a parliamentary democracy like they have in his birthplace Canada.

          • Sean Boon

            First of all, I question your patriotism because the United States is not a democracy it is a Constitutional Republic, which means that mob doesn’t rule, and that also means we are confined to the Constitution and the laws created by its influence. I would lay down my life to protect the Constitution how about you? To quote Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” National Security is not a new subject to this countries history which means the Constitution is still capable of keeping us safe. Secondly, Ted Cruz’s actions indicate that he will follow the principles of the Constitution which is the reason we have the GREATEST COUNTRY in the history of mankind; not the “Greatest Government in the history of mankind.” To quote Thomas Jefferson, “In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

          • Linecreek

            Yet he can’t be a legal POTUS we and Ted all know this. He will only follow our laws if it fits his needs.

          • Jerrie Queener Boring

            Thank You Sean. Awesome answer.

          • dbelton

            The people aren’t bound by the Constitution. That is a document that binds the goverrnment, not the people. It protects the people and confines the government. And yes, the Constitution can keep us safe, if we FORCE the government to adhere to it. They have been tossing it in the trash can every chanve they get.

          • Juanita Elrod Reed

            Ted or I should say Rafael’s Dad was saying his son is going to be the King of America. He is planning on bringing in the Golbalist with Heisi his wife and for Soros and communist and be a Dicator that is why his Dad is calling him to be king. When he was making that racket in the Senate he was not doing anything he just wanted to let people know who he was so he could run for president he did nothing.

        • Juanita Elrod Reed

          Doesn’t it matter to you that he by our Constitution Laws he is not a natural born citizen infact he is not even an American. Do you want to throw our Constitution out again? Think another Obama is what we need and that is Cruz and George Soros and the Hedge Fund group owns him and Obama. All we need to do is vote him in so he can open both open borders to Canada and Mexico and communist take over from Cuba just like Obama opening our borders for the Islam jihand. When they are not American citizens but citizens of another country they will bend and do and honor their country over us Americans they have no honor to us but hate us and put us down and destroy our country and our way of life just look at what Obama has done and with Soros, satan’s boy and owning them both it is the same he runs the show and he is hitler’s friend since he was 8 yrs old until he died and cruz will do what Soros and satan says to do just like Obama has. .

        • Inherent chaos

          Good grief. If your reading these be smart enough to change your mind.

  • rjsciolino

    With due respect…

    We all know about Ted Cruz, his upbringing, his birth, his given name, and his belief, like ours, that limited federal government is the principle this nation was founded upon.

    We all know of his belief that true Christians help those who truly need help without centralized bureaucracy which does the opposite, having made entire cultures hopelessly dependent on government hand outs which is pure evil.

    We know that he was born to an American citizen and thus, is an American citizen.

    We also know he convinced the US Supreme Court to allow the final election results of the 2000 Presidential elections which were confirmed accurate with five different recounts all conducted either by the State of Florida AND the Democrat leaning independent newspaper, “The Miami Herald” which successfully obtained all the ballots and recounted them several times, each proving Bush would have won on any of the five different classifications used, including the infamous “hanging chads”.

    Uhhhh, clue for scared-to-death, big government, freedom sucking collectivists;

    These aren’t “lies”; they are what is known as beliefs.

    With true due respect, it may be time to practice those liberal principles of diversity and tolerance rather than name calling and stereotyping of those who have a different opinion.

    If I’m wrong about that, I shall apologize and stand corrected but this meme seems to suggest maybe I am not. How unfortunate for the ironic hatred foisted upon those who think differently.

    • Jim Buzzell

      However, all good things you said does not make Rafael eligible for POTUS, you are either a Constitutionalist or a Progressive; your choice.

  • Beverly Eysenring

    he need to unseal all of his records sounds like another obamma

  • Kori Claypool

    First of all everyone knows where Ted Cruz was born. As for his wife’s job. are you saying everyone who worked for Goldman Sachs is responsible for them being evil. Really. Thrid Cruz clerked for two extreme judicial conservatives. Thats why im voting for him. He is a conservative. He doesnt like fact checkers. Really. Nothing you said go against Cruz. You are pathetic.

  • rnsone

    At the time of Ted Cruz’s birth, Canadian law didn’t allow for dual citizenship. And being that his mother was on the Canadian voting roles makes it clear that she chose Canadian citizenship over American. Therefore Cruz was a Canadian citizen by birth. He’s since rescinded his Canadian citizenship which makes him a man with no citizenship.

  • Mary Mertz

    There are. So. Many. Typos. In this article.

    • Mary Mertz

      I can’t even share it because, despite your snazzy site design. it looks like some rando lady’s rant.

  • Jim Buzzell

    Did Ted Cruz’s mother ever file for his form FS-240 with the US State Department since he was born in a foreign country? If not he is not ever a US citizen as I understand it…

    • Juanita Elrod Reed

      no she did not nor had he filed papers either.

  • carolinagirl

    Cruz’ real name is RAFAEL! Why does he use Ted?? He was born in Canada. He’s told too many lies—like Hillary!

    TRUMP. 2016!

    • Susie Haynie

      His name is Rafael Edward Cruz. Ted is short for Edward. Why did the Trumps change their name from Drumpf?

  • D H

    I thought his real name was Raphael, his dad is Rafael.

  • They did not have dual citizenship in Canada when Ted was born, his mother would have had to renounce his Canadian citizenship and file CRBA papers to register for US citizenship. No records of that.

    • Stephen

      B.S.

  • Inherent chaos

    What we should be saying about Ted Cruz is who is Ted Cruz? It isn’t what he doesn’t want us to know. What we see is a man who has sweated blood trying to cover up his Footprint’s in the snow so much he’s lost his way. He is hiding from failure. But failure is already on the other side of the door waiting…and America brought popcorn.

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