Newly elected Sen. Ted Cruz is already being mentioned as a potential Republican presidential nominee, but he was actually born in Canada. But a Liberty University law professor, writing at Breitbart.com, says that he’s still eligible to be president:
Cameron was referring to the Constitution’s Article II requirement that only a “natural born citizen” can run for the White House.
No one is certain what that means. Citizenship was primarily defined by each state when the Constitution was adopted. Federal citizenship wasn’t clearly established until the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868. The Constitution is not clear whether it means you must be born on U.S. soil, or instead whether you must be born a U.S. citizen.
Cruz was born in Canada, but his mother was a lifelong American, born in Delaware. (His father was a political refugee from Cuba.) So under federal law, Cruz was born an American citizen by virtue of his mother…
The most likely meaning of the national-born clause is that you must have been an American citizen at birth, so that you would not have greater loyalty to some foreign nation. Cruz was born an American citizen, and has spent most of his life serving this nation with unabashed patriotism.
But this puts him at odds with other Christian right legal types like Herb Titus, at least when it comes to Obama (if Cruz is eligible, so is Obama). And with a lot of people who routinely cite Klukowski’s anti-Obama book as well. And I did a quick Google search and couldn’t find anywhere that Klukowski ever spoke out against those who claim Obama isn’t eligible to be president.