As the race for both the Republican and Democratic Presidental nominees heats up, the mud slinging has officially begun. Republican Ted Cruz has faced the worst of the rumours (so far!) with the information that he was born outside of the United States, therefore rendering him potentially illegible to run for office. In response to this, a Huston atterony has filed a case once and for all to settle the debate.
Senator Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada; however, his mother is from the United States, and he has an American passport. Donald Trump brought up this controversy in the Republican debate last week, and the media has been quick to question whether or not Cruz should be allowed to run and potentially become the leader of the Free World.
In the wake of these allegations an 81 year old lawyer from Texas has filed a federal class law suit to stop Ted Cruz from running immediately. Newton Boris Schwartz Sr. believes that, as the constitution states, only "natural born citizens" can run and serve as President. With this in mind, he believes that his case has some legal standing.
Schwartz stated: "This is a serious and substantial question. I’m trying to get it heard as quickly as we can to avoid a futile election. If Trump puts Cruz as his vice president even, and he’s later found disqualified, what do you do? You have to go back and have a new election for president or vice president.”
Although it appears Schwartz has a vested interest in the Republican race, he has said he is leaning more towards Democrat Bernie Sanders. He expects to lose his appeal but does believe it will be picked up by the US Supreme Court.
What do you think? Do you think Cruz should be allowed to run?