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  • “On Ted Cruz’s Eligibility for the Presidency”

    Posted by Jonathan on March 31st, 2016 (All posts by )

    Seth Barrett Tillman has an interesting note.


    2 Responses to ““On Ted Cruz’s Eligibility for the Presidency””

    1. dearieme Says:

      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. Antipodes Says:

      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.