Trump: No, really, I may sue Ted Cruz soon

posted at 12:01 pm on February 16, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

So the “Ted Cruz is a danger to America” response has gone from outburst to campaign strategy. Donald Trump appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to emphasize that his threat to sue Cruz over his eligibility should be taken “very seriously.” Trump reiterated that he wants the RNC to strip Cruz’ win in Iowa, and tells George Stephanopoulos that he’s been victimized by the Bushes, too:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he is “very seriously” considering suing GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz.

“I’m thinking about it very seriously,” Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” today. “I’ve never dealt with anybody who lies like him.”

He also continued to attack Jeb Bush over 9/11:

Trump also continued his criticism of former President George W. Bush for his handling of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Had we had my immigration policies in effect, those people wouldn’t have been in the country for the most part,” Trump said. “I don’t know if [Bush] lied or not. I know the CIA and other agencies knew something bad was going to happen. They did nothing about it.”

The flurry of attacks certainly keeps Trump’s face in the spotlight, but there’s more to it than that. Trump seems less interested in suing Cruz than in planting seeds of doubt about his ability to withstand Democratic attacks on the issue before November if Cruz gets the nomination. There is about zero chance of this being a legal liability, but the political liability might be somewhat more significant — in the primaries, anyway, which is all Trump cares about for now. This is a hard-check-into-the-sideboards play, but Cruz isn’t exactly pulling punches on Trump any more either.

The attacks on the Bushes is more straightforward. Trump is betting that the anti-establishment anger from his base of voters can easily be directed to the GOP’s most establishment family. It’s not easy to attack Jeb’s record as governor, which was more conservative than his brother’s as president, so Trump’s going after what he sees as the weak link. And while pundits and longtime GOP leadership might be aghast at Trump’s conspiracy-theory allegations, the truth is that some of that will resonate among the disaffected who flock to Trump’s banner. The question will be whether that’s enough to get him out of South Carolina with a win, as undecided voters might get disgusted by arguments they’re more used to hearing from the hard-Left fever swamps. In a five-way race, it’s probably a safe bet. When it narrows down to a three-way race … maybe not.

Meanwhile, the one person who’s mostly avoiding the mud appears to be having a renaissance in the Palmetto State. According to Politico, Marco Rubio might be the beneficiary of the food fight:

Suddenly, a candidate known for staring past and flat-out ignoring reporters attempting to speak with him as he greets supporters was answering every last question on his campaign plane and inviting a few journalists to lunch with him and his family. Before Rubio took the stage for Saturday night’s debate here in Greenville, his first foray back onto the national stage since the debacle in Manchester a week before, his campaign went ahead and booked him on all five Sunday shows the morning after — the “full Ginsberg,” as it’s known.

The quick reboot, followed by a confident debate performance Saturday night (a CBS poll showed 32 percent of respondents thought Rubio won the night), has enabled Rubio to move beyond the “Robot Rubio” narrative before it overtook his campaign, giving voters curious after New Hampshire about which Rubio was the real one the confidence that his poor performance there had been an outlier.

“We committed to doing all five Sunday shows the day after the debate because we had confidence he’d do great,” said a top Rubio campaign adviser. “We did less debate prep before this debate because we just felt like he was ready. The key for us coming out of New Hampshire was we’ve got to let Marco be Marco.”

After a few listless days on the trail in New Hampshire after the debate, Rubio has regained his energy, confidence — and sense of humor. In describing his student loans, only paid off since he wrote his book, Rubio on Sunday delivered his standard laugh line that the autobiography is “now available in paperback.” Then, as he rarely did before, he broke the fourth wall and told the audience a secret about the performance mechanics of his routine.

“The press people have heard that joke — it works, it always works, that’s why I keep saying it!” he quipped, smiling wide as if to alert the crowd that the punch line was imminent. “If something is true and it works, you should keep saying it over and over again, right?”

A flurry of polls have come out in the last 24 hours, and all of them show Rubio either in second place or in a virtual tie for it. While the rest of the field goes negative, Rubio may well steal a march on all of them by sticking to positive themes — if they let him.


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Troyriser. You were talking about 9/11 specifically, than you switch to the Iraq war to suit your argument. Lol!!!!!

Indiana Jim on February 16, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Potentially Expatriating Acts

accepting employment with a foreign government after the age of 18 if (a) one has the nationality of that foreign state or (b) an oath or declaration of allegiance is required in accepting the position (Sec. 349 (a) (4) INA);

From Travel state gov

Did Cruz ever work for the Canadian gov?

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 4:08 PM

The fact that people still fall for this guy just goes to show how stupid a significant portion of the American population is.

topdawg on February 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Look at all the Hillary and Obama supporters. It’s all basically part of the same pack type mentality narcissists thrive on.

Oxymoron on February 16, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Cruz will need every voter if he gets the nomination. His support in a general election is probably much more narrow than Trump’s.

I will vote for the nominee, unless it’s Jeb.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Trump’s support may be from broader groups, but there are also vastly more people across all of those groups who are dead set against him.

Poll Nov. 4, 2015: Trump is not honest and trustworthy, voters say 58 – 38 percent.

Poll Jan 28th, 2016: The [Washington] Post-ABC poll finds 69 percent of Americans feel anxious about of a Trump presidency, while 3 in 10 are comfortable with the idea… 51% say the idea makes them “very anxious.”… The 51 percent who feel “very” anxious about Trump is significantly higher than Clinton (35 percent), Cruz (26), Sanders (24) or Rubio (18)….The survey finds 44 percent of self-identified Republicans saying they are anxious about Trump becoming president, higher than his closest competitors Cruz (25 percent) and Rubio (28 percent)….Strong Anxiety Among Key Voting Groups Nowhere is this clearer than among Hispanics. Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) say they feel very anxious about Trump’s candidacy — 49 percentage points higher than any of the other four candidates tested. …In addition, 59 percent of women and 53 percent of Catholics report feeling very anxious about Trump as president, both more than 20 percentage points higher than for Rubio, Cruz, Sanders or Clinton. Some 47 percent of political independents also feel very anxious about Trump’s candidacy, 10 points higher than for the other candidates tested.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:17 PM

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Trump consistently has the worst favorable/unfavorable ratio in the polls of all the candidates – worse even than Hillary, and that’s really saying something. In fact Gallup found in a two week pollending Jan 27 2016 that he’s got the worst unfavorables EVER recorded since they started recording them in 1992. He’s also got the highest number who say they would NEVER consider voting for him under any circumstances. Plus a large percentage of Trump’s supporters seems to be people that are very unlikely to actually vote.

Hillary and the Democrats would LOVE for him to be the nominee – because with his history they know that he’ll be the easiest to beat. Dec 4, 2015: Democrats think Donald Trump would be the easiest Republican to beat next November but they fear Marco Rubio. That’s according to a majority of the Democratic insiders in this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our survey of the top strategists, operatives and activists in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Nearly 60 percent of Democratic insiders in the first four nominating states say the businessman… would be the easiest of the leading GOP candidates to defeat in the general election. Only 14% think Cruz would be the easiest to beat. Meanwhile, only 10% think that Trump would be the hardest to beat. “Democrats expressed confidence that not only would they defeat Trump easily but a Trump nomination would lead to a Democratic landslide up and down the ballot. One New Hampshire Democrat called the prospect of the New York real estate tycoon winning the nomination “a self-inflicted tsunami” for the GOP. “Democrats, independents and mainstream Republicans would abandon the top of the ticket and perhaps sweep out Republicans down ticket as well.” ”

So I think all things considered, we’d have the least chance of winning the general election if Trump winds up being the nominee.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:20 PM

So Trump built things that enriched himself without sacrificing anything for anyone else, things that were for his own benefit while ruining a lot of average people along the way. Cruz voluntarily took positions paying vastly less than he’d been earning in private practice, specifically to defend ALL of us and our civil rights, and did so quite successfully. So who’s really accomplished things that benefit the largest number of American citizens? Pretty clearly Cruz, not Trump.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 3:03 PM

I disagree. Trump could have been a typical paper pusher, simply handing his money over to financial advisors, and became a billionaire the easy way. Instead he took his 40 million inheritance (hard assets), borrowed against it, took tons of risks, employing many thousands of people over the years. His name is on buildings all over the world. Trump is a very gutsy businessman, and is sort of a throwback to the old days.

Cruz, on the other hand, is a simple government worker, loyal to Bush or whoever was his boss. He gets his treasury check twice a month, and has never had to make a living, without being taken care of by the government.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 4:22 PM

…This is not going to go away. Cruz should deal with this now, it’s in his interest. Hillary will take him to SCOTUS if she loses. This is not something you want happening after a close GE. This has the potential to be the opposite of Bush Gore.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 3:38 PM

You are expecting Cruz to do the impossible. There is NO way he can “do something about it” with our legal system. The only way he could is if someone sued him and the court agreed to hear the case. That’s something likely to occur – dozens of lawsuits were filed against McCain and all were dismissed out of hand for lack of standing or being frivolous. Same with Obama. Hillary wouldn’t sue if she lost any more than she did with Obama. She knows full well she’d lose and everyone would hate her all the more for putting the nation through it. Nor can Cruz or Hillary “take this to SCOTUS.” You cannot just file a suit with the Supreme Court. You have to start in the lower courts, get a ruling, then have a legal basis to appeal, etc. so it works it’s way up to the Supreme Court – which takes years. There is no risk in voting for Cruz – the “natural born” thing against him is bogus and extremely unlikely to go anywhere.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Yeah, Cruz should have been working on this months ago. A non-native has never been ruled a natural born citizen. McCain, as we know, would have been ruled NBC by virtue of his parents being residents of a US State, and were on a mission from the military to the US Canal Zone. Cruz’s parents were residents of a Canadian province, not a US State, and were listed on voter rolls up there. It’s the classic case of divided loyalties that the Founders sought to avoid..

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Cruz IS a native, by virtue of his mother’s citizenship. How exactly should Cruz “have been working on this??” There is no legal way for him to do anything about it – you can’t go to a court and say “look, no one is suing me, but I want a ruling on an issue.” Trump is the one spreading the false impression that “Cruz should do something” when he knows full well there is no way Cruz can. Our courts simply don’t work that way. Cruz’s parents weren’t listed on any “voter roll” that makes one bit of difference – it was a neighborhood canvas that didn’t check eligibility or citizenship, only collected names even those given to them by neighbors – and the form itself said that there would need to be corrections with people removed and added. Cruz’s father’s name was even misspelled. What’s more, they hadn’t even been in Canada long enough at that point to legally apply for citizenship.

All of these claims being made by Trump are utterly bogus. Not to mention deceitful and hypocritical – he’d said just a couple of months before that he had his legal team look into every aspect of it in great depth and that Cruz was unquestionably a natural born citizen eligible to run. The ONLY reason he’s now muckraking is he knows it will cause some people to doubt and hurt Cruz that way.

It’s a bogus issue and he knows it – otherwise he’d shut his trap and actually sue. But you notice he doesn’t, he just keeps threatening time and again. It’s disgusting opportunistic political dirty tricks by Trump, nothing more.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:38 PM

What a friggin’ crybaby narcissist!

Al in St. Lou on February 16, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Not to mention the fact he was Canadian. My understanding of the matter is that you lose your US citizenship if you have a another passport there was a tea party candidate who took a Swiss passport and lost her NBC status. you have a right to it back, but you become naturalized.

The NBC clause was set up to stop divided loyalties. this is exactly the kind of situation it was set up for.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Are you kidding? Cruz never had a Canadian passport – he had no clue they had birthright citizenship at all.

Are you forgetting that he registered for selective service, held mutliple jobs that would require proof of his American citizenship, passed multiple law bar exams and argued in front of the Supreme Court 9 times, and a huge number in lower courts – NONE of which is possible if you aren’t an American citizen, etc.

The NBC clause was not set up for this sort of situation at all, and that’s proven beyond doubt by the 1790 Naturalization Act which states that children such as Cruz are in fact natural born citizens. That was written by many of the Founding Fathers in the FIRST Congress ever, only 2 years after the Constitution was ratified, and signed into law by Washington who was also the President of the Constitutional Convention.

In fact if NBC meant what you are claiming, John Adam’s own son, born in Canada at their vacation home there, would have been excluded along with a number of other children of the Founding Fathers. Many of the children of our military stationed overseas would be also, because quite a few are born in local hospitals not on the military base itself.

What’s more, calling Cruz a foreigner or trying to pretend that he’s got divided loyalties to another nation is absurd. He was raised in the heart of America from age 4 on. He’s as American as it gets, is a very well known strong patriot, and is the only one of the candidates who has actually defended the Constitution in the Supreme Court multiples times, winning many of them. For example, he protected America’s sovereignty Bush, the U.N. and the World Court, and in 2008 he also kept the liberals from making it impossible for any of us to own guns unless we are in a well regulated militia, thus ensuring our 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

You people are really barking up an imaginary tree.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Dealing with it is not necessarily doing something. He should say to Trump, bring it on. Trump either sues him or backs down. If what you say is true, Trump loses and the issue is put to bed. I disagree that Hillary will do nothing, Obama was born in Hawaii, of course Hillary could not sue him.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 4:48 PM

idalily on February 16, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Thanks Idalily! Unfortunately, just as you note, this phenomena is just like Obama’s support was. A number of Trump supporters really have blindly jumped onto his Cult of Personality bandwagon – without noticing that the floorboards are totally rotten. It’s mind boggling.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Trump’s support may be from broader groups, but there are also vastly more people across all of those groups who are dead set against him.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:17 PM

There’s a bloody war going on right now. His unfavorables will be high for a while. Once he wins the nomination, the rule of thumb is that it swings back to favorable.

You admitted in your post that Trump has basically solved the greatest riddle every 4 years, and that is the ideological box the Republican is in. He just has to now work on the likeable thing; Rubio and Cruz are trapped in the box, they have already built in negative votes with gays, women (no exception on abortion), blacks, blue collar workers, etc.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Did Cruz ever work for the Canadian gov?

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 4:08 PM

I’m speechless. You can’t be serious – or that clueless. Cruz’s parents moved back to the USA when he was FOUR YEARS OLD. He’s lived in the USA continuously since then. You think the Canadian government hires 3 year old’s to decorate the walls with crayons or something?

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Trump is the one spreading the false impression that “Cruz should do something” when he knows full well there is no way Cruz can. Our courts simply don’t work that way.
Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Baloney, Cruz could easily sue the FEC or some other government entity asking that he be declared a NBC. The SCOTUS would resolve it. He has plenty of evidence to show that the issue is in play and must be resolved forthwith. Anyway, I’m not a lawyer, but that’s my layman’s opinion.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Last?

Indiana Jim on February 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM

I disagree. Trump could have been a typical paper pusher, simply handing his money over to financial advisors, and became a billionaire the easy way. Instead he took his 40 million inheritance (hard assets), borrowed against it, took tons of risks, employing many thousands of people over the years. His name is on buildings all over the world. Trump is a very gutsy businessman, and is sort of a throwback to the old days.

Cruz, on the other hand, is a simple government worker, loyal to Bush or whoever was his boss. He gets his treasury check twice a month, and has never had to make a living, without being taken care of by the government.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Millions of people would have been vastly better off if Trump had handed his assets over to financial advisors – and there would have been a heck of a lot less drama over the years too. Trump inherited somewhere between $40 million to several hundred million – after already being set up in his father’s real estate empire. Trump took risks specifically to benefit himself, no one else. His name is on a lot of buildings now that he had NOTHING to do with building, other than selling his NAME to the people who did the building. Again, Trump’s actions were to benefit himself, not others. That some others were also helped is an incidental, not his purpose.

Cruz, a simple government employee?? What planet are you living on, because it’s not this one. 40% of his career was in private business, not government. And what “simple government employee” wins multiple Supreme Court cases protecting our civil rights and getting national acclaim for his work?? Your claim that way is ludicrous.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 5:25 PM

I’m speechless. You can’t be serious – or that clueless. Cruz’s parents moved back to the USA when he was FOUR YEARS OLD. He’s lived in the USA continuously since then. You think the Canadian government hires 3 year old’s to decorate the walls with crayons or something?

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Cruz was a Canadian citizen till last year. He is also a lawyer. I think it perfectly possible he did work for Canada. You seem to have no idea about oppo research. Don’t you think Hillary’s people aren’t asking these questions? Strike that Hillary is rubbish at campaigning. But Obama’s people are.

Baloney, Cruz could easily sue the FEC or some other government entity asking that he be declared a NBC. The SCOTUS would resolve it. He has plenty of evidence to show that the issue is in play and must be resolved forthwith. Anyway, I’m not a lawyer, but that’s my layman’s opinion.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

If it were a big national issue after a close election, I’m sure they’d take. Be in the public interest.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 5:32 PM

You admitted in your post that Trump has basically solved the greatest riddle every 4 years, and that is the ideological box the Republican is in. He just has to now work on the likeable thing; Rubio and Cruz are trapped in the box, they have already built in negative votes with gays, women (no exception on abortion), blacks, blue collar workers, etc.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Trump has already pivoted to the GE. He’s not talking to Hotairians any more, he’s talking to Independants and Dems.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Dealing with it is not necessarily doing something. He should say to Trump, bring it on. Trump either sues him or backs down. If what you say is true, Trump loses and the issue is put to bed. I disagree that Hillary will do nothing, Obama was born in Hawaii, of course Hillary could not sue him.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 4:48 PM

ROFLMAO!! Oh, ok, so saying “bring is on” is now “doing something.” Ok. Like that would have ANY effect on anything. It sure won’t change Trump’s behavior or statements. It’s not like Trump needs Cruz’s permission to sue. Of course Hillary could have sued Obama – there was no evidence that he was born in Hawaii at the time and while I think he probably was, there’s no evidence of it to this day. There are also other issues involved because of his mother’s marriages and overseas residency while married, and because of his father’s foreign citizenship(s).

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 5:35 PM

I’m getting you don’t get this politics thing. The ball is now in Cruz’ court, what’s he going to do about it? I suspect he will apologise. He doesn’t want the NBC thing addressed, he’s afraid he’ll lose.

If you don’t get that attacking a the fist black president who was born in the 50th state is not the same as attacking a guy even Rubio doesn’t accept as Hispanic who was born in Canada, you haven’t been paying attention.

Also Obama was the establishment candidate with millions of donor class money. The donor class hate Cruz, who gave Hillary 750 000 dollars just to talk platitudes Goldman Sachs? You think they gave Hillary all that money to let Cruz win despite there being considerable doubt he’s a NBC? Who in your opinion is better for the donor class, Hillary or Cruz?

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 5:48 PM

There are also other issues involved because of his mother’s marriages and overseas residency while married, and because of his father’s foreign citizenship(s).

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 5:35 PM

I agree with you on this. At the time I felt the loyalty clause was outdated, so I didn’t think it mattered. I no longer think that. In the US and in Europe, we are surrounded by leaders who hate our guts and wish to remove our culture and values from the face of the earth. Maybe Cruz is Apple Pie American, the point is, no one knows, because he won’t address it. Trump is giving him a golden opportunity to do it. He should take it.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 6:01 PM

There’s a bloody war going on right now. His unfavorables will be high for a while. Once he wins the nomination, the rule of thumb is that it swings back to favorable.

You admitted in your post that Trump has basically solved the greatest riddle every 4 years, and that is the ideological box the Republican is in. He just has to now work on the likeable thing; Rubio and Cruz are trapped in the box, they have already built in negative votes with gays, women (no exception on abortion), blacks, blue collar workers, etc.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM

That’s sure no “rule of thumb” that I’ve ever seen. Let’s see your reference showing that’s typically the case – because every report I’ve heard is the exact opposite, that nominees, because they start being directly attacked by the other party and it’s all directed them alone, often do even worse, not better.

I have no idea what “greatest riddle” you think I’ve supposed “admitted” Trump solved. Cruz isn’t “trapped” in any “box” any more than Trump is. Sorry, Cruz does BETTER with women than Trump does – and that’s only going to get far worse for Trump considering the massive litany of horribly misogynistic and vile things he’s said about women over the years that will be brought out against him.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 6:01 PM

I would be very perturbed about Cruz on abortion. Once it gets out he’s against it in the case of incest and rape, that’s going to play really badly with women.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Baloney, Cruz could easily sue the FEC or some other government entity asking that he be declared a NBC. The SCOTUS would resolve it. He has plenty of evidence to show that the issue is in play and must be resolved forthwith. Anyway, I’m not a lawyer, but that’s my layman’s opinion.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

I’m sorry, I wish the courts worked that way, but they don’t. You cannot sue a government entity asking to be declared an NBC. The issue being “in play” is meaningless to the courts. There is no government Department of Natural Born Citizens that decrees the title on only certain people. It’s a constitutional issue for heaven’s sake, and not something the FEC or any other government entity controls. You also can’t sue the government without their permission, but even that is moot because you’d have zero standing for a lawsuit because there’s no evidence that you aren’t already and NBC (in fact in Cruz’s case the majority of top Constitutional scholars say he clearly IS an NBC), no monetary damages, and no difference between your situation and millions of other people.

There is literally NO WAY Cruz could sue any part of the government over this issue.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 6:14 PM

I’ll be very happy after the SEC primary when we dont have to see the happy rubio pic every five minutes. Does hot air even know that Rubio is also out there calling Cruz a liar ? or is this more of the double standard we’ve come to expect. Will rubio’s consistent third place finishes be more or less impressive when there’s only three candidates left ?

johngalt on February 16, 2016 at 6:21 PM

And there is this:
Elizabeth Warren should be the next Supreme Court justice – Alan Grayson

And I’m certain Donald would agree.

Missilengr on February 16, 2016 at 12:14 PM

I have commented on the thread. Cruz is not a natural born citizen. He was born in Canada. All jurisprudence says you need to be born in the US. What happens when Cruz beats Hillary and Fauxcahontas and the Wise Latina get to decide>?

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Nothing like making blanket statements that are completely wrong.

Anyone who has paid any attention to this issue knows better than to claim that all jurisprudence says you must be born in the US to be a citizen. On the contrary, a lot of decisions state the opposite, including the oft-quoted Minor v. Happersett.

So either you’re making a deliberately false statement, or you are getting your facts from someone who is making a deliberately false statement.

IOW, either you’re lying or repeating a lie.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 16, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Cruz was a Canadian citizen till last year. He is also a lawyer. I think it perfectly possible he did work for Canada.

Cruz had no idea he had birthright citizenship with Canada. He was never a typical lawyer either, he’s always done Constitutional law. His work history is well established and easy to find and he was never employed by Canada. What’s more, “working for a foreign nation” doesn’t mean being hired as a lawyer simply to work a legal case for them either – it means being a DIRECT employee of the government, e.g., a civil servant for that nation.

You seem to have no idea about oppo research. Don’t you think Hillary’s people aren’t asking these questions? Strike that Hillary is rubbish at campaigning. But Obama’s people are.

What the heck are you talking about? Opposition research wouldn’t turn up jack on this issue. As already noted, Cruz’s employment history is very well established and quite public. He was never employed by Canada, period. He had no idea he even had Canadian citizenship, and as soon as he found out, he had it formally revoked – that’s something that can’t be undone.

Baloney, Cruz could easily sue the FEC or some other government entity asking that he be declared a NBC. The SCOTUS would resolve it. He has plenty of evidence to show that the issue is in play and must be resolved forthwith. Anyway, I’m not a lawyer, but that’s my layman’s opinion.

cimbri on February 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

If it were a big national issue after a close election, I’m sure they’d take. Be in the public interest.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 5:32 PM

They sure didn’t take it with Obama, now did they? There is no way that Cruz could sue as Cimbri suggests – the legal system won’t allow it. Who knows, if there was a huge enough uproar AFTER an election, maybe the Supreme Court would pick it up but I seriously doubt it – I’m not even sure if they CAN without a lawsuit in progress at that level. Do you know of any situation where the Supreme Court picked something up that wasn’t legally presented to them??

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Trump and Rubio have lost all credibility now by attacking Cruz as a LIAR……..Will not vote for either of these two if the opportunity should arise. And I’ll be through with the Republican Party as well as these two sleazy whiners…..

Realdemocrat1 on February 16, 2016 at 6:32 PM

I’m getting you don’t get this politics thing. The ball is now in Cruz’ court, what’s he going to do about it? I suspect he will apologise. He doesn’t want the NBC thing addressed, he’s afraid he’ll lose.

If you don’t get that attacking a the fist black president…

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 5:48 PM

I’m getting that you don’t get legal things. Exactly WHAT is Cruz supposed to do? There is NOTHING he can do, other than point out that this isn’t an issue exactly as he has.

You think he’ll APOLOGIZE?? ROFLMAO!!! My dear, Trump has threatened this before – Cruz says it’s absurd, there is no question, and continues right along including the very things that Trump is now insisting on an apology for. Cruz has already proven he isn’t the slightest bit afraid of Trump’s threats and won’t give any on it – which really gets under Trump’s paper thin skin.

Trump is making himself look like an absolute idiot with this. Ask yourself – why in the world would a presidential candidate who ACTUALLY thinks Cruz is not eligible be willing to sue if Cruz simply pulls the ads or apologizes? The answer is in your face obvious – Trump knows full well he has no case and he’s not going to sue. It’s just a dirty political trick to raise doubt in some people’s minds. But he’s made the threat before and gotten nowhere, now he’s just looking pathetic and weak by trying it again, and again, and not following through on his own threats. Trump, just like Obama’s red-line – can’t trust him, doesn’t mean what he says, lies his tuchus off. Pathetic.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 6:34 PM

What the heck are you talking about? Opposition research wouldn’t turn up jack on this issue. As already noted, Cruz’s employment history is very well established and quite public. He was never employed by Canada, period. He had no idea he even had Canadian citizenship, and as soon as he found out, he had it formally revoked – that’s something that can’t be undone.

At last some sense. Light out of darkness. We learnt something. See?public debate brings clarity.

No one asked about Obama. Again, Cruz is not Obama.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Maybe Cruz is Apple Pie American, the point is, no one knows, because he won’t address it. Trump is giving him a golden opportunity to do it. He should take it.

Esperanza on February 16, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Why do you keep saying Cruz hasn’t addressed it? Cruz HAS addressed it multiple times. He’s said it isn’t an issue and he’s a natural born citizen according to the law and the meaning of the Founding Fathers. Trump isn’t “giving” Cruz ANYTHING – Trump is using very dirty political tricks – and it’s worked on you and a few others. Trump himself said just a few months ago that he’d had his own legal team look at the issue in great depth and that Cruz was clearly a natural born citizen. Now he turns around and lies because he sees Cruz as a threat to what he wants – and he knows there is no legal way Cruz can address it and yet he puts it in your mind that Cruz ought to be doing something he has literally no way to do. It’s despicable.

Rational Db8 on February 16, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Let Sarah Palin walk precincts for Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination…..I won’t do it

Realdemocrat1 on February 16, 2016 at 6:42 PM

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