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Will Immigration Reform Kill Rubio's Presidential Chances?

usfrog Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 12:08 PM
Here we go again, the media just CAN'T respect the Constitution ! Marco Rubio is not eligible. He is not a natural born citizen. Neither is Tom Cruz nor Bobby Jindal. Can't we find ANY natural born citizens amongst our population of 300 million?
Stuart95 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 12:44 PM
I think Tom Cruz is a citizen, or at least he plays one in the movies.

Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas, was born in Canada and likely knows that he is not eligible for the presidency.

Rubio was born in Miami, and Jindal was born in Baton Rouge. They are both eligible to be president.
Cardinal5671 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 12:49 PM
I believe Ted Cruz's mother was a US citizen. That would make him a natural born citzen and he would be eligible to be President.
LastStand Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 12:56 PM
Marco's parents were NOT US citizens when he was born.

The traditional definition of a "Natural Born Citizen" is where BOTH parents are citizens at the time of the child's birth. Unfortunately, this standard has never been enforced, and has been watered down to mean anyone who was born here, regardless of their parents' status. So basically, the current standard only prevents "Naturalized Citizens" from becoming President.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 4:06 PM
Marc_H Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 12:37 PM
no one cares
that is why we are where we are, falling like Rome

Passing major legislation is not a path to the presidency. So why is Sen. Marco Rubio, who is almost surely running for the 2016 Republican nomination, working so hard on comprehensive immigration reform?

Look at the only lawmaker who has become president in the last half-century. Barack Obama did almost nothing in his brief time in the Senate. His career in the world's greatest deliberative body consisted mainly of showing up, becoming immediately dissatisfied and looking for something better.

Obama never took a leading role crafting any piece of momentous legislation. And some of the things he did do, like voting...