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Ted Cruz was born to an American mother in Calgary, Alberta. He was an American citizen at birth and never had to go through the naturalization process. The "natural born citizen" requirement was established in Article II of the constitution, and is a term that refers to all people who gain the right of citizenship by birth, either by being born to American parents, or by being born on American soil. It does not refer exclusively to people who gained citizenship through jus soli, which was not even explicitly established in America until roughly 80 years after the original drafting of the Constitution.

I dislike Ted Cruz as much as the next liberal, but when you call him "Calgary Cruz" or imply that he isn't eligible to run for President, you don't come off as clever, you come off as ignorant of the law and a little bit nativist. Please stop.

Edit: So a bunch of people are asking for sources for my assertion. I thought it was fairly self evident, but the Congressional Research Service looked into it in 2011 and decided I was right:

The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term “natural born” citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship “by birth” or “at birth,” either by being born “in” the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship “at birth.”

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  •  yeah (7+ / 0-)

    but it's gonna be fun watching the teabagger birthers tying themselves in knots if he decides to ever run from President (shudder at the thought)

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    by cgvjelly on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:08:24 PM PST

  •  Just because someone calls him (16+ / 0-)

    Calgary Cruz doesn't mean the person thinks he is Constitutionally ineligible to be president. He was born in Calgary, that is indisputable. So what is wrong with calling him Calgary Cruz?

  •  But can't we just pretend (2+ / 0-)
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    Chi, alba

    he isn't?  It's a lot more fun!

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    by tacklelady on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:36:15 PM PST

  •  Let's just call him (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal

    "Craven, crazy, crass, criminally corrupt Cruz."

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    by raptavio on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:41:50 PM PST

  •  Cruz will soon eclipse Rubio in the GOP because (3+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, fumie, annominous

    Rubio is beginning to look like a fellow traveler with moderates and others who do not over salvate.  The TPers will not tolerate Rubio much longer.  Having Rand Paul respond to the SOTU speech indicates the wingers didn't think Rubio could carry their water.  (Sorry.)

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    by judyms9 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:47:14 PM PST

  •  Thanks for posting this diary. (5+ / 0-)
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    wwmiv, VClib, annecros, jncca, vernonbc

    Several commenters have expressed distaste for the monicker that Jed insists on repeating. Either Jed doesn't read comments or he doesn't care about the objections.

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    by SoCalSal on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:13:15 PM PST

  •  fact (1+ / 0-)
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    annominous

    Ted's father was born in Cuba and his mom in the U.S. Obama being born in Kenya is a lie. Ted being born in Canada to Parents one of which was not born in America is true!

  •  So (1+ / 0-)
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    If what you argue is true then it would not matter that Obama was born in Kenya to an American mother.
     He would still be a natural born citizen. So what have the right been screaming about for 5 years?

  •  Just checked (0+ / 0-)

    If you are born outside the U.S. BOTH parents must be born in the U.S. for you be president.Ted's father was born in Cuba.

    •  No. What matters is that you were born a citizen (4+ / 0-)

      And didn't have to go through the naturalization process. Here's a 50 page report from the Congressional Research Service, if you're interested:

      Key Finding:

      The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term “natural born” citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship “by birth” or “at birth,” either by being born “in” the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship “at birth.”
      http://www.fas.org/...

      Ted Cruz was born a citizen and never had to be naturalized, ergo, he is a natural born citizen.

    •  Natural-born citizenship is implied (0+ / 0-)

      If one of the parents is a U.S. citizen, especially the mother, as Cruz' is. BeloitDem is correct that he never had to go through a naturalization process. Now, since this particular hasn't really happened before, if Cruz wanted to run for President, the status of his citizenship may have to be litigated, if only just to set a precedent.

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      by HoosierD42 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:51:54 PM PST

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  •  Furthermore (0+ / 0-)

    We shouldn't be nicknaming politicians at all. It's always rude.

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    by wwmiv on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:45:32 PM PST

  •  Never thought he wasn't a citizen... (7+ / 0-)

    ... but just found the incongruity amusing. Another hot-blooded, true conservative, REAL Texan... born in a place that doesn't fit that image so well. The amusement I feel about it is exactly the same kind I had with Dubya being born in Connecticut.

  •  Cruz is a jerk and an embarrasment to the US. (3+ / 0-)
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    I don't care where he was born. He is trying to stir up trouble intentionally. He is too educated to be as stupid as he appears. That makes it worse.  His accusations against real patriots who have fought for this country, who have served it congressional capacity and who deserves to be in the President's cabinet shows that Cruz has a nefarious agenda without substance. The comparison of him with McCarthy is apt and just as anti-American. Can you imagine him a "vice-president" (think cheney.)

    How does being born in Calgary change anything??

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    by RonK on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 06:11:51 PM PST

    •  You're making BeloitDem's argument for him (2+ / 0-)
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      As you point out, there's more than enough material to attack Cruz with besides the name of the city he's from.

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      by jncca on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 06:14:10 PM PST

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  •  I'm from the Big Bill Heywood (2+ / 0-)
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    wing of the Democrat Socialist Party, and  say use whatever works against conservatives. They are the enemy and we are at war.
    Its time that more people realize that they are out to destroy liberals, and have been since the beginnings of this country, when they sided with George 3 and the Tories.

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    by ichibon on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 07:31:41 PM PST

    •  Jefferson would definitely be a Republican today (0+ / 0-)

      and I'm pretty sure he didn't side with the Tories.  

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      by jncca on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 07:42:44 PM PST

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      •  Which of the (0+ / 0-)

        first 5 presidents wouldn't have been a Republican, though, considering at least 4 of them were horribly racist slaveowners?

        The only one I could see possibly not being a conservative Republican today is Adams.

        •  Well, judging them according to their time (0+ / 0-)

          Washington and Adams were pro-central government.  They'd be Democrats.  Madison would probably be Republican, too.

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          by jncca on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 10:09:54 PM PST

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      •  Hard to say (2+ / 0-)
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        he was also against religion playing a big role in public life.

        Really, the context of the early 19th century was just so different that there's no way to know for sure.

  •  That is interesting (0+ / 0-)

    Either the concept of one parent being a citizen granting automatic citizenship to to a child born in a foreign country is not a universally accepted dogma or the whole Obama "thing" about his elegibility, to be President was a travesty. The main stream media, the Donald,The Republican Party, and right wing media, all were actively or passively demanding a birth certificate. Why shouldn't that happen to Mr Cruz? Your thoughts.  

  •  Several newscasters have said that Cruz (0+ / 0-)

    is not eligible to run for President...  I heard it at least twice this week ..

    yes, I know that even the good people at MSNBC news can be wrong.  I could have sworn that one of them said Cruz himself said he was not eligible to run for the Presidency...

    however things may be, I do not like the term 'Calgary Cruz' ... it makes him seem better than he is

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    by moonbatlulu on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:37:16 PM PST

    •  I'll refer you the Congressional Research Service: (1+ / 0-)
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      http://www.fas.org/...

      The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term “natural born” citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship “by birth” or “at birth,” either by being born “in” the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship “at birth.”
  •  Two lesser known cases of "birtherism"... (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    Besides Obama, "Panama Jack" McCain, "Chihuahua George" Romney (as the Manchester Union Leader called him) and Chester Arthur (accused of having been born in Canada), here are two cases of "birtherism" which even political-history junkies may be unfamiliar with:

    (1) In 1956, Harold Stassen (not yet a joke--he had been a very serious candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 1948) proposed that Eisenhower dump Richard Nixon as GOP vice presidential candidate and replace him with Governor Christian Herter of Massachusetts.  Herter had been born in Paris, the son of American expatriate artists who moved back to the US when Christian was nine.  The overwhelming weight of legal opinion in 1956 (as well as earlier and later) was that the foreign-born children of US citizens temporarily living abroad were "natural born citizens" eligible for the presidency.   Yet this didn't prevent conservatives, suspicious of yet another "Eastern Establishment" candidate, from using the issue against him.

    (2) George McClellan, Jr., mayor of New York City, was occasionally mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential nominee in the early twentieth century.  McClellan had been born in Dresden, Saxony, Germany in 1865.  (His father, after losing to Lincoln in 1864, had decided to flee American politics for awhile by living abroad.)  This fact was occasionally used as an argument against his candidacy.  I'm not sure how seriously this argument was taken, though.  The Republican and very anti-McClelllan New York Tribune remarked, "If the question of his eligibility were all that stood between McClellan and the presidency, he would have no cause to worry."

  •  A frustrating post (0+ / 0-)

    You can make the argument about whether it's appropriate or not to call him Calgary Cruz, no problem. But issues of citizenship and eligibility are not as clear-cut as you make them out to be, and your lack of links is notable.

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    by David Nir on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 01:55:35 PM PST

    •  I should add, though (0+ / 0-)

      Do you really not see the difference between birthers, who actually believe what they say, and people making fun of birthers, who obviously don't believe in this tripe?

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      by David Nir on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 01:57:43 PM PST

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      •  Because this isn't making fun of birthers (3+ / 0-)
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        You are completely mischaracterizing the usage of Calgary Cruz as one of simply making fun of birthers, which it emphatically is not.

        What it is, actually, is just another example of DK's sad obsession with nicknaming in derision every right wing crazy that comes along as part of a grand scheme of attack, whether or not those nicknames are appropriate, realistic, or otherwise.

        The nicknames attached to Bachmann, Cruz, those that call many people who are generally considered moderates of the Republican Party "First Name 'Todd Akin' Last Name", the few times I've seen Tim Scott called a turncoat or other similar epithets, among others are just as reprehensible as when Republican Tea Partiers question Obama's citizenship or when they call him any one of the names that have popped up over the years.

        And even if it was a simple case of "we're just making fun of the Tea Partiers by giving them what they gave us", that's not a good excuse! The idea that we are entitled to make fun of Tea Partiers by engaging in the same drivel that they have engaged in over the past few years, frankly, is disgusting. And it is reprehensible that any Democrat thinks they are entitled to, and is genuinely worse than simply calling Cruz this epithet. Because now we are not only calling Cruz a name equivalent to the Tea Party's nicknames for our President, but we are also engaging in a demeaning attack against all Tea Partiers as well. Two for one, I suppose, in this case. ...

        And I end with this from your link (bolded in original), which clearly undercuts the argument you made about his citizenship:

        Bottom line: Despite being born in Canada, Cruz can be considered a natural-born U.S. citizen because his mother was also a U.S. citizen who lived in the United States long enough for him to qualify, according to constitutional experts.
        It might not be clear cut in the eyes of all americans, but for the people that matter (constitutional experts) the issue is settled. Cruz is a natural born citizen.

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        by wwmiv on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 02:31:43 PM PST

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    •  I'm aware that the Spreme Court (2+ / 0-)
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      hasn't ruled on the issue, because they've never been given reason to. But there are plenty of things that the Supreme Court hasn't been given reason to rule on where the outcome is not particularly in doubt.

      Considering that at the drafting of the constitution, jus soli citizenship wasn't constitutionally guaranteed, (and it wasn't universally guaranteed, period, until the fourteenth amendment in 1868 and the Wong Kim Ark ruling in 1898), and as the article you linked pointed out, there were laws explicitly defining jus sanguinis citizenship as early as 1790, I think it's patently ridiculous to assume that an exclusive jus soli standard was intended by the "natural born citizen" clause.

      And for what it's worth, I didn't includie it in the original diary, but the Congressional Research Service did an exhaustive look into the subject in 2011, and basically decided I was right:
      http://www.fas.org/...

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