Presidential Eligibility: The Meaning of ‘Natural Born Citizen’

Author: Jordie Bacon, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review

As the 2016 presidential hopefuls are making their way across the campaign trail, accusations about credibility, experience, and beliefs have been thrown at each candidate. One such accusation is that Ted Cruz may not be constitutionally eligible to run for President. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father.[1] While this makes him a citizen at birth, there are questions about whether this makes him a “natural born citizen”. Continue reading “Presidential Eligibility: The Meaning of ‘Natural Born Citizen’”