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August 13th, 2013
08:06 PM ET

Can Sen. Ted Cruz run for president?

Ted Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas and a Tea Party favorite, is said to be laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2016. But now some are questioning if he can even run in the first place. CNN's Athena Jones reports.


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  1. Brian Buckley

    Ted Cruz, cannot become President because he was born in CUBA and CUBA is not our USA unlike Hawaii. Therefore , TED CRUZ cannot run for President Period...

    September 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  2. Phil, south jersey

    Lol......The Chickens have come home to Roost!! What are they gonna do now because Cruz has really been born out of America. If this wasn't about Race, the right, the Tea Party should not let this die, and continue to force him to prove he has papers for 8 years at least. And he damn sure shouldn't even be thought about to represent the tea party or far right......It won't do nothing but prove their hypocrisy, racist motives

    August 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
  3. Amber

    ok, if cruz ib being scrutinized due to the fact that he is not a natural born citzen, DID THEY MISS BARACK OBAMA ????

    August 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • aloanstar

      Hawaii is a US state.

      August 20, 2013 at 12:13 am |
    • Brian Buckley

      AMBER, President Obama born in HAWAII< USA. His father Born in Kenya, Africa. President Obama Is Christian, His father is Muslim. so dont confused it.. Constitution say, you must be Born in USA period. not other countries.. but born USA to be President...

      September 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  4. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    I've heard reports that he wasn't born in the United States, but it really doesn't matter. He and the Tea Party folks are so far out there, that their agenda and his hopes for the White House are facing odds over 1,000,000 to one. In fact the odds are much better that the Tea Party Politicians are in a conspiracy to stick a fork in the GOP, every day more people realize the Tea Party looks to be the scapegoat for the dwindling GOP electorate. Everyday the dwindling Tea Party appears to look more desperate and sundial, wanting to shut down Obama via shutting down the Government. One thing for sure the Tea Parties ugly racist tendencies are surely surfacing faster than pimples on teenagers face after eating a chocolate bar. By the way I wish all the Tea Party 'ers their politicians, the base, just the very wost life has to offer, whatever pain and suffering life can dish out to them, we hope they get more than their fair share. I thank the Good Lord for the punishments and revenge, which is very apparent after witnessing their imbecilic behaviors. Thanks Ted Cruz for all the help your giving, in bringing down the Evil, Vile GOP.

    August 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Robert Taylor

      You must be a liberal Democrat! WE NEED someone in as President like Ted Cruz who is a true conservative to fix the mess that OBAMA has got us in with the help of the LIBERAL DEMOCRATS who don't seem to give a hoot about the people in this country or what they think! They have shoved a healthcare bill down our throats which has raised our insurance premiums and lowered coverage on everything from prescriptions to raising our deductibles! Our son & son in law are not going to be able to keep their insurance coverage as PROMISED & Obama stood up & LIED about RX'S for medicare recipients was going down! I know because mine & my wife's have already gone up an avg of 25%!!!!!!!

      August 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • Val, texas

      Lib's are the most hateful most intolerant of anyone! They always want it their way ! Big bullys! no respect for any one else all you have to do is read their post, like this one. yet they yell everyone else are the haters! I would never wish any thing like Mycroft did on any one just because I disagreed with that person.

      August 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  5. Tom

    Really? You're going to go the birther route? No one has ever questioned it... 'Some people' are not saying it... The Dem operatives who you get your information from want you to put this little birdie out there and see if it sticks... Just like O is a citizen, so is Sen. Cruz... Stop the crap...

    August 14, 2013 at 8:46 am |
  6. Dan5404

    No. I don't think anyone from outer space should be allowed to run.

    August 14, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  7. GREG

    The natural born requirement really doesn't leave room for negotiations. Since it's signing, only those candidates born in the United States can run for the presidency. It could have been added to prevent someone of foreign birth, with a possible foreign agenda not in the states best interest, from gaining power. We had just thrown off the yokes of one foreign rule, and our leaders wanted to take no chances with another – regardless of how antiquated that may seem today. Yes, the issue will come under fire more often in the coming years considering the number of immigrants – legal and not- that now call the states' home. Personally, we need to keep it as is – our ancestors fought too hard against foreign rule, and feared it so much that they put the natural born clause in our constitution. We should honor their sacrifice by protecting their unique solution to a real issue for them.

    August 14, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • snomannn

      My understanding of the qualifications necessary to run for the office of President of the United States are pretty straight forward. You must be at least 35 years old at the time of the election and, you must be born on U.S. soil or your parents must be U.S. citizens at the time of your birth if born on foreign soil.

      Cruz's mother was a natural born U.S. citizen, but, his father (born in Cuba) did not get his U.S. citizenship until 2005, long after the Senator was born. I would consider that fact to be the real deal breaker for Ted Cruz, not his dual Canadian/U.S. citizenship. Ted has lived in the U.S. for far longer than the requisite 14 years demanded of candidates born in a foreign country, so that should not be an issue either.

      August 20, 2013 at 12:54 am |

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