Over the last few days, Ted Cruz’s campaign has been thrown upside down by a birther scandal that centers around the fact that he was born in Canada to an American mother, and therefore might not be a natural born U.S. citizen. Now, another GOP candidate is in danger of being taken out of the race by a birther scandal of his own…
According to Daily Mail, Rubio went to court in Florida this week to have a complaint against him dismissed that was filed over his U.S. citizenship and presidential eligibility. Rubio argued that the complaint “would jeopardize centuries of precedent and deem at least six former presidents ineligible for office.”
The complaint was filed by Fort Lauderdale resident Michael Voeltz, who challenged the citizenship of both Rubio and Cruz, saying that “at the very least simply fail to comply with the common law Supreme Court established definition of natural born citizen.”
The complaint cites the fact that though Rubio was born in Miami in 1971, his parents did not become U.S. citizens until 1975. Rubio’s legal team filed their motion to dismiss this complaint on Monday.
“Senator Rubio is a natural born citizen of the United States and he is eligible to be President of the United States,” the dismissal notice read.
Back in 2011, Rubio spoke out in an interview to defend himself against attacks over his citizenship.
“I’m not going to answer that because I’m not thinking about it,” he said at the time. “All I care about is my qualifications to serve in the Senate. I just don’t think it’s relevant.”
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