Until recently, this has not been a problem. All U.S. presidents (aside from one notable exception) have been native-born citizens.
But now we have a Republican candidate, Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother. This leaves an open Constitutional question regarding his eligibility to run.
Could he be disqualified? It’s up to the courts to decide. And one man is fighting to see it through.
No it’s not Trump, it’s another Presidential candidate. But one you may not have heard of.
According to NBC News:
A Washington, D.C. law professor has come up with a new way to challenge the eligibility of Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, to run for president.
Victor Williams is running for president himself.
He says that should help him get over the first hurdle that has so far caused other challengers to stumble — a lack of legal standing to sue.
Williams, who teaches at the Catholic University law school, has registered to run as a write-in candidate for the Republican nomination in nine states for the sole purpose of challenging the credentials of the man he calls “Canadian Cruz.”
He claims Cruz “has fraudulently represented himself as constitutionally qualified for the office of president” and argues that Cruz, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2014, does not meet the Constitution’s requirement to be a “natural born citizen.” (NBC)
If Williams’ approach sounds weird to you, it’s because it is. Generally people run for president because they actually want to be president, not because they want to mount a legal case. But this issue is so important to Williams, and many others, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to see it goes before the courts.
But now this question will hopefully be answered once and for all.
Source: Political Insider.