Jan
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2016
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#Election2016: …This #Birtherism Nonsense Isn’t About #TedCruz Anymore

This Birtherism nonsense isn’t about Sen. Ted Cruz anymore. At least, I don’t think it is about Sen. Cruz anymore. This has become about scoring cheap points or who hates who more. Dumb nonsense like this is why this whole thing isn’t about Sen. Cruz:

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who recently ended his own presidential bid, couldn’t help but laugh when asked if Canadian-born candidate Ted Cruz is eligible to be president.

“I just want to say, I think Ted is qualified to run for president of the United States,” Graham said on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show on Friday. “I think he is a natural-born citizen. I am sure.”

Did Sen. Lindsey Graham say this out of the goodness in his heart? I don’t think so:

“Whether I’m right or not I believe that to be so. I don’t want Ted to be the nominee. I don’t dislike Ted, but I don’t think that issue disqualifies him,” he added.

Asked if he was surprised the issue was being discussed, the South Carolina senator began to laugh.

“No, not by Trump, no not at all,” he chuckled as he said. “I thought it was pretty clever on his part actually.”

What is going on here? I thought Sen. Lindsey Graham didn’t like Donald Trump at all? Sen. Graham isn’t taking a stand on this issue because he thinks it is the right thing to do. I think it has to do with Sen. Rand Paul joining the Birtherism bandwagon (for purely political reasons, I am sure):

Rand Paul said on Wednesday that he’s not sure if his Canadian-born rival for the Republican presidential nomination Ted Cruz is eligible to be president of the United States.

If you don’t remember, Sen. Lindsey Graham got into the race because he wanted to counter Sen. Rand Paul in a foreign policy debate. Smacking Sen. Paul around would give Sen. Graham no end of joy.

What is interesting is that Sen. John McCain has come down on the side of Donald Trump:

Arizona Sen. John McCain said he doesn’t know if the Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is eligible to be president, saying the Supreme Court might have to decide if Cruz is eligible to be president.

This is notable because we now know Sen. John McCain’s hatred of Sen. Ted Cruz overrides his hatred of Donald Trump. Noted.

I come down against this nonsense, because it is nonsense. Any honest reading of statue confirms that Sen. Ted Cruz (when matched up with his history) is more eligible to be president. I am not going to debate the merits of the law or if someone born out the U.S. should be able to run for POTUS.

I don’t know anymore. All I know is that it is clear to me people are taking a stand on this issue for other reasons than their stated reason.

Well, see ya’ later!
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