I have a huge problem with this one. If Jennifer Granholm had decided to run for the presidency, do you think that Republicans would have okayed her candidacy? I think not. Never mind that she was a naturalized U.S. citizen at age 21, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley, and went on to get a J.D. at Harvard.
Aside from the fact that I have an issue with Ted Cruz's way of thinking, I find it reprehensible that he'd be allowed to run if there are so many sticklers about a person having been born in the U.S. Congress either needs to abolish that stupid law or tell *everyone* who was born outside the U.S. that they're ineligible for the Presidency.
Because this country was built by immigrants, it's a ridiculous law to have in place.
If a republican with a questionable birth certificate or unclear citizenship were to run, democrats would scrutinize them as much or more than some republicans have scrutinized our current president's place of birth.
This is not a law that could simply be struck down, it's in the constitution, so would take a constitutional amendment to nullify it, and I don't think that will ever happen. I'm not a constitutional (or any other sort of) lawyer, but if the senator were to announce a run for the presidency, I don't think republican leadership would get behind him.
The difference being when it was brought up that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone during his initial run for the Presidency, the issue was dropped when it was satisfactorily resolved. The same cannot be said of the almost religious zeal with which certain Republicans have refused to give up about Obama's being a citizen in spite of his mother's being a US citizen and that he was born in a US state. How are those same people responding to Cruz's nationality in light of his considering a run for the Presidency?
The constitution specifies "natural born citizen," which has been interpreted to mean that a person was entitled to and was bestowed citizenship at birth, which is true in Cruz's case. It doesn't matter where you're born--so long as you were a US citizen the moment you were born instead of adopting US citizenship later in life.
I'm sure Canada isn't devastated to lose him as a citizen, though.