2 thoughts on ““On Ted Cruz’s Eligibility for the Presidency””

  1. Bayard is essentially repeating what Blackstone said, which is presumably what the authors of the Constitution intended – or, at least, what the educated American layman of the time would assume they meant.

    I have seen an argument that Cruz’s case that his birth to an American mother makes him a natural-born Yank should turn on the contemporary Canadian law: that seems bonkers to me.

  2. I don’t know if the fact Cruz lived there for four years is a factor. It’s one thing to be born while stationed on a foreign base or with an embassy (both considered extensions of American territory), or while vacationing/travelling. But Cruz lived there for four years. His parents had lived there for three years before he was born.

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