Bloomberg: Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz should be disqualified from the race because he isn’t a “natural-born citizen,” a fellow Texan claims in a “birther” challenge filed against the senator in a U.S. court.
The suit seeks a court definition of the term to clarify whether Cruz -- who was born in Canada to an American mother -- can or can’t serve if elected.
“This 229-year question has never been pled, presented to or finally decided by or resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Houston attorney Newton B. Schwartz Sr. said in his 28-page complaint. “Only the U.S. Supreme Court can finally decide, determine judicially and settle this issue now.”
Claiming that “time is of the essence” because of the rapidly approaching Iowa caucuses and March 1 Super Tuesday primaries, Schwartz asked that the case be expedited for resolution by the nation’s highest court as soon as possible.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump pressed the issue during a televised candidate debate Thursday evening in South Carolina, saying he’s bringing up Cruz’s Canadian birthplace “because now he’s doing a little bit better” in the polls. Trump insisted that Cruz receive a judgment from the courts because it would be bad for Republicans to have the issue hanging over their presidential or vice-presidential nominee.
Breitbart: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is reportedly entangled in a so-called “birther” controversy, alongside Canadian-born U.S. citizen Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).The one baffling constant throughout this bombast is that LAW is being shoved aside for argument's sake. Hey! IT'S RIGHT HERE!!
This week, Rubio’s lawyers asked a Florida judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that Rubio doesn’t meet the constitutional requirement for the Presidency that he is a “natural-born citizen.” His parents were not yet citizens when he was born in the United States, as The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Rubio is definitely a citizen, but that isn’t enough, says the lawsuit by Fort Lauderdale man, Michael Voeltz.
The plaintiff claims, says the Times, that “naturalized citizens… simply fail to comply with the common law Supreme Court established definition of ‘natural born citizen.’”
It is unclear whether the lawsuit will be tossed out or allowed to more forward.
Time to move to substantive issues...