Recall that Todd Akin’s and Richard Mourdock’s series of unfortunate events began with needling, difficult questions that exposed their religious beliefs. Those questions, and the two men’s answers to them, wrecked their sure-fire candidacies and helped keep the Senate in the hands of the devious Harry Reid. I’m not defending them; they gave bad answers, and Akin in particular allowed his stubbornness to override good sense. Recall also that Democrats are almost never asked needling, difficult questions that expose their religious beliefs, even though if they are Christians as they claim to be, their answers ought to be identical
Comments: I like Rubio. He will be ok with the stupid questions.
I am waiting for Marco Rubio to very seriously tell one of the media wonks.... "You know, Reporter, that without a doubt, the dumbest question I have ever heard and I have very young children in my house."
Dear Quark. I have read the Constitution and the term "natural born citizen" is not defined anywhere in the document. Many legal scholars have defined "natural born citizen" to include anyone born on US soil. Please do some basic legal research before making categorical statements that cannot be backed up with legal points and authorities.
#6, a number of posters have provided all the links necessary to show #2s comment is correct. This was all done over the last few years because of Capt Zippy. The facts are available to those who do minimal due diligence. Either we insist on following the rule of the constitution - or we start following rule of men even more than we´ve been forced to; at that point all bets are off and the libtards won´t like the results.
The answer to that question is: "I have no idea how old the earth is. Scientists don´t agree on it either....how old do you think it is, A--hole Reporter?
The answer to the abortion question is this: "I am pro-life; I believe that life begins at conception. More than that I will not answer because in this year of 2016, it is settled law and legal for any woman who wants one. Next Question?" AND stop right there.
Why these conservative candidates allow themselves to be drawn into long philosophical discussions on abortion, I do not understand.
#2 and #8. I firmly agree that we should absolutely follow the Constitution. So show me in the Constitution where "natural born citizen" is defined. I can´t find it and neither can you because it´s not there. Therefore, the phrase is unfortunately still open to legal interpretation. As recently as 2009 the Congressional Research Service in an opinion submitted to Congress wrote "...it appears that the most logical inferences would indicate that the phrase "natural born Citizen" would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship "at birth" or "by birth". So please don´t try to dismiss the issue as settled, because legally it most certainly is not.
Biggun -- Article 2, Section 1, clause 5 states : "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President"
Thank you #15. I am so weary of people who don´t understand that the Presidency and only the Presidency requires a natural born citizen..native born will not suffice. A child born to parents of other citizenship MAY have dual citizenship, and the Founding Fathers did not want the danger of a President with dual allegiance. Of course, precedence has been set, with the son of an African sitting in the WH right now.
The concept of ´natural born citizen´ is defined clearly by Vattel and well understood by those who wrote and signed the Constitution. The purpose for the ´natural born´ appellation - which is applied only to the office of President - was to prevent foreign born parents, with loyalties that might lie elsewhere than with the U.S., from bearing and raising a child here who might become President and turn our nation over to those foreign loyalties. It makes a lot of sense.
The term has been explained by Congress:
´´every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen.´´
~ Rep. John A. Bingham ~ (Cong. Globe, 39th, 1st Sess., 1291 (1866))
And was not redefined by the fourteenth amendment. It has been redefined more recently in the same way that many other aspects of the Constitution have been ´adapted´ or ´evolved´.
Not excited about Rubio. He seems like an another Obama type /- hey look at my biography, vote for me. I am really tired of identity politics. Unfortunately I think I´m vastly out numbered. Back to the garden!
Thank you, ##6, 15, and 18 for your substantive comments. If Congressman Bingham´s interpretation in 1866 is the ace in the hole for the more restrictive definition, though, that doesn´t seem like much of a leg to stand on, especially in light of the present president´s precedent.
However, Ted in Mich. - I too am appalled by his taste in rappers. So - calling it a draw for now.
The previous posters have it all wrong. For the U.S. Supreme Court, the establishment and the liberal media, it is obvious that if it benefits the long march to socialist utopia, strict construction of the constitution is the way to go. Forget about a presidential run, Rubio, the powers that be will convince the freeloaders that tend to vote for exotic freaks like obama that you are foreign and evil incarnate if you ever attempt to run for president.
I have read the Constitution and it says nothing about needing to have parents who are citizens. A US birth certificate is all that is needed to get a passport, to vote, to get a social security number, to live and work here. Rubio is natural born under the clear language of the Constituion. Those who say otherwise are reading in words that are not there.
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