SPIRIT LAKE, IA – Remember the brouhaha about whether President Obama is a real American, born in the USA.
Well, he was.
Now, the question is whether Canadian-born Ted Cruz, the junior senator from the Great State of Texas, is a real-for-sure American citizen.
“The Constitution and the laws of the United States are straightforward,” Cruz says. “The very first Congress defined the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad as a natural-born citizen.”
Cruz’s mother was a U.S. citizen. His father, a Cuban.
Cruz points out that no one questioned 2008 presidential candidate John McCain who was born on a military base in Panama.
That said, you would think Big John would have Cruz’s back, but you would be wrong.
During an interview on a radio talk show, McCain said, “I think there is a question. I'm not a constitutional scholar on that, but I think it's worth looking into.”
Republican front-runner Donald Trump claims to like Cruz, and he doesn’t want anyone to think he had anything to do with this question of Cruz’s citizenship. "There's this doubt. People have doubt. Again, this was not my suggestion. I didn't bring this up."
Trump suggests Cruz get a federal judge to issue a declaratory judgment, and if the judge says Cruz is a natural-born American, “the Democrats can't bring a lawsuit later.”
Rand Paul is another GOP wannabe. He grew up in Texas. And he thinks Cruz would make a great national leader. “I think absolutely, without question, he is qualified and eligible to be the Prime Minister of Canada.”
Look on the bright side. We only have about 300 more days of this.