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Ted Cruz and the “Birther” Obsession

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If Senator Ted Cruz makes the decision to run for president, there should be no doubt that he’s eligible for the office – despite renewed criticism of his dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada.

Cruz was born in Calgary, and his Cuban-born father didn’t become a US citizen until 2005. But his mother, born in Delaware, has always been an American citizen, which means Cruz counts as a “natural born citizen” under the Constitution.

Of course, the same logic applies to President Obama, even if he were born in Kenya – which he emphatically was not. Obama’s mother was Kansas-born, so the whole “birther” obsession with his suspected foreign birth has always been demented and irrelevant.

Arguments about Ted Cruz’s eligibility may irritate the Texas Senator, but at least they expose the “birther” fanatics as an embarrassing, misguided fringe.

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