Friday, February 19, 2016

Chicago judge to hear Ted Cruz presidential eligibility suit « Hot Air

Ted Cruz’ eligibility to be on at least one state’s ballot is going to get a court hearing. A Chicago judge is scheduled to hear arguments today in a lawsuit claiming Cruz can’t run for president because he’s not a “natural born citizen”.


I just came from a talk by Mike Ramsey and Tom Lee (Fordham) on this very issue -- the natural born citizen clause of ye old constitution. There is a great deal more to the question on both sides than you might think. I think the Cruz is OK line, taken by Mike, is marginally better, but it's by no means a foregone conclusion. Tom Frank made some good points as well. I don't think a judge in Chicago is going to follow the arguments well, but perhaps I underestimate the Chicago judiciary.

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One blogger I read argues that Cruz's eligibility depends on Canadian citizenship law. That seems to me to be daft; the deciding law must be US law, however shambolic that may be on the topic.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 20, 2016 4:40:22 AM

No doubt in Chicago it's easy to have a judge bumped off if you don't like his decision.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 20, 2016 4:43:48 AM