That Awkward Moment at the First GOP Debate When FOX News Went Birther Against Ted Cruz

There were a lot of fireworks going off at the main stage of top-tier candidates in the first GOP presidential debate on Thursday, with FOX News moderators getting lambasted for their performance.

Accusations of bias against certain candidates, unfair and unbalanced time allotments, and questions to conservatives framed in a way reminiscent of CNN liberal hack Candy Crowley lit up social media on Thursday night and Friday morning against FOX News moderators Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. At the same time, leftstream media praised FOX for damaging GOP candidates.

One over-the-top, cringe-worthy bias levied by FOX News at last night’s GOP debate was their curious decision to emphasize in bold caption bubbles during a Ted Cruz segment that Cruz was “born in Calgary [Canada] in 1970,” but had “renounced Canadian citizenship in 2014.”

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Below is a screenshot not from the crazed lefties at MSNBC, but by FOX News while Cruz was answering a question about his exposing RINO Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a liar:

FOX News Reminds Audience at First GOP Debate that Ted Cruz was born in Canada

FOX News Reminds Audience at First GOP Debate that Ted Cruz was born in Canada

Why did FOX think it was necessary to remind their vast audience that Cruz was born in Canada? Was it to help Cruz (uh, no), or was it to hurt him by trying to shave a few points off his approval by stirring up the birther crowd? 

As the National Constitution Center points out with expert analysis, Cruz, whose father was born  in Cuba and his mother was born as a U.S. citizen born in the United States:

Sarah Helene Duggin from Catholic University, who is an expert on this topic, wrote at length for us about a potential Cruz candidacy back in October 2013, and she explained why scholars believe Cruz is eligible.

Duggin said that the “consensus rests on firm foundations” based on the intent of the naturalization clause, as stated in a letter in 1787 from John Jay to George Washington; the language of the 1790 Naturalization Act; and the 14-year residency requirement in the Constitution’s Article II.

So why is there even a debate about a Cruz candidacy? Two significant factors that allow for some doubt are the facts that constitutional convention didn’t discuss the exact meaning of the words “natural born citizen” and the Supreme Court has never ruled on that issue.

“For Senator Cruz—who was born in Calgary, Alberta, to an American mother and a Cuban father—the question is more complicated,” Duggin said back in October 2013. “There is a strong argument that anyone who acquires United States citizenship at birth, whether by virtue of the 14th Amendment or by operation of federal statute, qualifies as natural born. The Supreme Court, however, has never ruled on the meaning of the natural-born citizenship requirement. In the absence of a definitive Supreme Court ruling—or a constitutional amendment—the parameters of the clause remain uncertain.”

Cruz isn’t the first person to run for President who wasn’t born in the United States. In 2008, John McCain faced questions since he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. And Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, was born in Mexico, and he faced questions during his 1968 presidential campaign.

In February, Cruz again addressed questions about his qualifications for office at the CPAC political meetings.

“I was born in Calgary. My mother was an American citizen by birth,” Cruz said.  “Under federal law, that made me an American citizen by birth. The Constitution requires that you be a natural-born citizen.”

Two prominent legal authorities, Neal Katyal and Paul Clement, said in a Harvard Law Review article that “there is no question that Senator Cruz has been a citizen from birth and is thus a ‘natural born Citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution.”

In other words, Cruz’s place of birth is not an issue, period. Shame on FOX News for sleazily trying to make it one.

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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