On January 14th, 2016 the FOX Business Network hosted the GOP Debate in Charleston, South Carolina. Neil Cavuto, anchor and managing editor of the Business Network, was a moderator, along with Maria Bartiromo.
During the debate, under the spotlight of a live national broadcast, Cavuto asked Ted Cruz about Cruz’s qualification to hold the office of President, given the Constitution’s requirement to be a natural born citizen, as a result of Cruz’s birth in Canada. Up front Cavuto recognized that Cruz’s citizenship was not in question.
See Video below (Time Stamp: ~2:02 )
Cruz began his answer by indicating that John McCain was born abroad in Panama and was able to run for president, and that Mitt Romney’s Dad was able to run for President despite being born abroad, because of their parents being citizens. Here Cruz subtly misrepresents the Constitution’s demand as “being able to run for President”, despite the fact that requirement only prohibits those not being natural born from holding the office. The requirement for President says nothing whatsoever about “running for office”.
Quite obviously those who have previously run for office, including McCain and George Romney, are not necessarily natural born citizens as a result of having run for that office. This also applies to Roger Calero, who was on the ballot in 5 States in the 2008 Presidential election, and yet Calero was not even a U.S. Citizen.
By Cruz’s reference to those who “ran for office”, implying they were qualified to hold that office as natural born citizens, it should now be apparent that Cruz began a calculated dishonesty intending to confuse and manipulate the ignorant American voter from the very start of his response to Cavuto’s question.
Cruz then indicated the following further practiced, deliberate falsehood:
“.. the birther theories, that Donald has been relying on, some of the more extreme ones, insist that you must not only be born on U.S. soil, but have two parents born on U.S. soil. Under that theory, not only would I be disqualified, Marco Rubio would be disqualified, Bobby Jindal would be disqualified,and interestingly enough Donald J. Trump would be disqualified… because.. because Donald’s mother was born in Scotland.”
WRONG! As consistently recognized in 5 separate Supreme Courts decisions over this country’s history, the terms of natural born ONLY require that the parents must be CITIZENS at the time of birth, in addition to the offspring being on the country’s soil!
According to Cruz’s explanation, those five distinct Supreme Court decisions, as early as 1814 (The Venus), must necessarily be “birthers” as well, which is obviously untrue! These terms have nothing to do with those “birthers” at all, however tagging the issue as “birther” is a good way for Cruz to dishonestly impugn the issue by false association with those birthers. There is actually no existing claim made by anyone conversant in the actual facts, that the parents must be born on the soil as well as the offspring.
This falsehood was no mere mistake by Cruz, but rather a calculated and practiced lie promoted by Cruz, done to rely, again, on the ignorance of the American voter, while simultaneously using that dishonesty to make it appear as if even the front-runner, Trump, might not be qualified.
Cruz then went on, saying, “On the issue of citizenship, Donald, I’m not going to use your Mother’s citizenship against you.” This was obviously a very poor yet calculated attempt to echo Ronald Regan’s famous response (video) during the 1984 Presidential Debates regarding Mondale, “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
Once again we have clear evidence that this response by Cruz was practiced and deliberate.
Throughout Cruz’s answer, the Cruz supporters were cheering, showing that they actually had no awareness that Cruz was lying to them, as well as no knowledge of the Constitution and its terms for natural born. Yet it is these same supporters who insist that Cruz is our salvation, asserting that he is a constitutional conservative, which he clearly is not.
Finally Cruz ended his answer by reducing the qualification for President to being simply American, saying they are “all Americans on this stage”, and by this entirely dismissing the stringent demand stipulated by the Constitution for the office of President, showing no real regard for the Constitution overall. Instead, Cruz continued, he wanted the selection of a GOP candidate to be by who is most qualified candidate, as adjudged by the voters, yet again entirely discarding the fact that there is any constitutional mandate limiting those qualified to hold the office. That’s some constitutional conservative there!
Cruz cannot be that stupid for this clearly practiced answer to be a legitimate mistake. If he is that stupid, Cruz doesn’t belong in the office of President. Cruz just believes that we Americans are that stupid. Are we?
Sure, Cruz went to law school, but they don’t teach the Constitution in Law school, they teach Constitutional Law, and certainly don’t teach the meaning of natural born. On his own, Cruz could have researched those five Supreme Court decisions over this country’s history that recognize natural born to be “birth in the country to parents who were citizens”, along with numerous other qualified references. Yet Cruz would have us believe he did not do so, no staffer did so, and that if caught in this lie, it might just be dismissed as a legitimate mistake.
At minimal, Cruz undoubtedly has heard these terms accurately related by others, heard that they require the parents to have been citizens (only) at the time of birth, yet he chose to misrepresent these terms for his own benefit.
Cruz’s response was clearly choreographed by Cruz campaign staffers and consultants, and is unmistakably a very practiced, deliberate lie intending to rely on the ignorance of the American electorate.
I cannot, and will not ever, vote for Ted Cruz because he is not a natural born citizen, and neither is Marco Rubio, nor Bobby Jindal, nor was John McCain. Donald Trump however is a natural born citizen.
An enormous number of Americans now want this election to turn out well because they are desperate to restore this country, and legitimate government by the terms of the Constitution. However what Cruz is showing is only more of the same smarmy Washington corruption and disregard for the Constitution, all while abusing the American people themselves.
Overall, Cruz’s answer to Cavuto’s question clearly demonstrated that Cruz puts his personal ambition ahead of country, Constitution, and even his own integrity,
Ted Cruz is not the answer. The question is whether you’re smart enough to not be sucked in by Cruz’s series of calculated lies.