The Daily Banter

Your Handy Guide to Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz

Bob Cesca
Written by Bob Cesca

The first GOP candidate to declare his intentions to run for president was Dr. Ben Carson, who followed his announcement with a disastrous interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show during which Carson erroneously cited the origins of Islam and suggested the Baltics weren't part of NATO. Not a very strong start for the first candidate to hop aboard the clown car.

Next up: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is set to ride shotgun, announcing his candidacy on Monday at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Let's talk about Cruz by way of a refresher on what he's all about.

Doh! Canada

Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1970 to an American mother and a foreign (Cuban) father. Sound familiar? The only difference between the presidency-related birth circumstances of President Obama and Ted Cruz is that Obama was born in the United States and Cruz wasn't. Of course this doesn't matter because Obama is black with a funny-sounding "exotic" name and Cruz is a white guy named "Ted," so it'll be assumed that Cruz is totally a natural born citizen while Obama isn't. That seems fair. Legally-speaking, however, Cruz is perfectly eligible to be president based on the citizenship status of his mother. So can Obama, especially given how he was born in Hawaii. But don't expect a (fake) investigation by Donald Trump or any mass freakouts by a legion of conspiracy theorists over Cruz's eligibility to be president because, again, he's a white Republican. Everything's okay if you're a white Republican.

No Experience Necessary

We have to wonder whether the GOP will retract its argument that a first term senator with no business experience can't be president. Cruz just completed his second year in the U.S. Senate, almost exactly the same amount of time... CONTINUE READING

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