So says a handful of readers regarding the most recent update from Republican Insider titled: REPUBLICAN INSIDER: “In Case You Missed It”
(Senator Marco Rubio placed first in a (very) early Iowa poll of potential 2016 presidential candidates)
A sample of those comments both for and against Rubio’s potential candidacy follows:
***Marco Rubio is a good man & a conservative; but ….He is “NOT” a “Natural Born Citizen”!! His parents were “NOT” Citizens of the United States of America when Marco Rubio was born….. That makes him a US Citizen ; but “Not” a “Natural Born Citizen” as required by the Constitution!!
***Yes Rubio is eligible to run for president. And frankly people how know about the Cuban American experience and how much they value democracy he is more welcome to run than some 4th generation welfare grabbing asshat that seems to make up about 50% of the country now. I’m still waiting for some more contenders. I do agree with the article saying how its Hillarys if she wants it on the Democrat side. The media is already ramping up for 2016/Hillary. Republicans need to stop shooting inside our own tent and let the process happen and then support the nominee. PS I also think nobody could have beaten Obama last year. Not even Reagan could have done it. Media too corrupt and American too stupid.
***No, Stan. Rubio does not qualify because he is not a natural born citizen. He has the legal right to dual citizenship from CUBA or he had it when he reached age 18. For this reason he can not be a natural born citizen. Sorry to inform you that the US Constitution was well thought out by some not so dumb men.
***Rubio is eligible to run for president. I am starting to think like one of the other replies in here that a lot of the NBC stuff is actually coming from Obama plants. Stir people up, tear down enthusiasm that kind of thing. There was just a court case not too long ago about Obama where the judge said the following:
“The Indiana Court rejected the argument that Mr. Obama was\ ineligible, stating that children born within the United States are natural born citizens, regardless of the citizenship of their parents. Id. at 688. This Court finds the decision and analysis of Arkeny persuasive”
There are either a lot of very stupid people out there or some people intentionally trying to keep the Birther stuff alive to kill the Republican party.
***That’s where the birthers totally lose it. They have to believe that so many people are in on the conspiracy. Congress, the Supreme Court, the Indiana and Georgia judges, it just gets so ridiculous. These people have to be working for the demonrats. That’s the only real explanation that makes any sense.
And so it goes – readers equally passionate about their individual views regarding eligibility. I can certainly understand why emotions run high on this topic given the millions of dollars spent by Barack Obama hiding his own past from public scrutiny. That said, it does concern me that some seeming conservative readers are so adamant that Marco Rubio is simply an unacceptable option to be President of the United States. Could they be right – or simply misinformed?
A review of the matter found far more examples available supporting Senator Rubio’s eligibility than supporting his non-eligibility. Some such sources are linked here for your own review if you so wish:
…Sadly, this common-sense, logical approach does not dissuade some conservative pundits from inventing a new constitutional requirement for the presidency. Despite the plain meaning of the text, they claim that, to be eligible, a person’s parents must also be U.S. citizens. A few even assert that one’s parents must also be natural born citizens. I’ll spare you a recitation of their nonsense about “native born” or Emerich de Vattel or whatnot.
Marco Rubio was born is Miami, Florida. He is, therefore, a natural born citizen of the United States. Per the Constitution, the citizenship status of his parents (or grandparents or anyone but himself) is irrelevant.
Conservatives are right to be deeply committed to constitutionalism and to test all government actions against the plumb line of that great charter of liberty.
Don’t worry, dear readers — be happy. The good news for us is that Sen. Marco Rubio is eligible to be elected president in 2012. And so are Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley. There’s been a lot of attention devoted to the original meaning of “natural born citizen of the United States,” the governing phrase from Art. II, Sec. 1 of the Constitution. Happily, The Heritage Guide to the Constitutionresolves this question for us.
Clearly, says this respected source, what the Founders sought to avoid was foreign intrigue, or intriguers, becoming president. Wise Founders. (Too bad they didn’t also say “Marxists need not apply.”)
I would like to address an issue that is apparently of concern to a significant number of people. In my “Ask Fred” column, several people have expressed concern (some have been adamant and angry) that Marco Rubio should not be selected as the Vice Presidential nominee because he would not be eligible to be President, if the need arose. They contend that at least one of his parents were required at the time of his birth to have been a citizen for him to fulfill the constitutional requirement of eligibility, even though he was born on American soil.
To buttress these arguments, these writers have sent along a number of snippets, quotations and irrelevant comments by judges – often taken out of context – that they say support this position. They are all incorrect.
…Finally, the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, which states, in part: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Reading this together with Article 2 would indicate that the additional “natural born” requirement of Article 2 for a citizen to be eligible to be president meant that being “naturalized” would not suffice. He must be born here.
…In 2011 the Congressional Research Service accurately stated, “The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term “natural born” citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship “by birth” or “at birth” …by being born in the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents…”
It would appear, based on the preponderance of evidence I have reviewed so far, Marco Rubio has the Constitution on his side – he is eligible to be President of the United States. Recent case law would also support this. The second link above is based upon a review of the issue by the Heritage Foundation – an institution that counts among its members some of the most well regarded political minds of our time.
Now for those who may disagree with all of these interpretations, I welcome your input. Please keep it respectful, and based upon a factual presentation of your position. I welcome the opportunity for “hearing the other side” as they say, and hope all our conservative readers are willing to do the same, regardless of where you may stand on this, or any other issue.