Posted on | April 27, 2012 | 44 Comments
Update: Human Events is not Town Hall.
Now that Mitt Romney has become the presumptive Republican nominee, there is speculation that the junior senator from Florida will be his running mate. Marco Rubio’s parents were from Cuba and did not become U.S. citizens until he was four years old. Voices from the fringe are claiming that this means Rubio is not eligible – and they’re wrong.
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.
Read all of Zak’s article for his usual excellent historical treatment, recalling long-forgotten facts. As far as Rubio himself goes, I haven’t heard too much about this line of argument:
- It smacks of some of the fringier Birther arguments against #OccupyResoluteDesk.
- It’s can’t be used against Rubio by the Left, except to try to re-inflate the Birther bubble. Come to think of it, the Left could do that as a distraction from ObamaNomics.
- Except that they have already linked fretting about birth to raaaaacism. Given the rolling disaster that is the George Zimmerman case, I should think that throwing the Latino vote under the bus would be stupid.
Then again, what do I know? I’m one of those whackos that still thinks balancing a budget is a moral and ethical imperative.