Senator born in Canada.
As Republicans look ahead to 2016, one of the party's rising stars finds himself answering 'birther' questions about his eligibility to become president.
“I'll leave those questions to others to worry about, my focus is on the U.S. Senate,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz told FOX's Sean Hannity. “My mom was a U.S. Citizen, so I'm a citizen by birth.”
Cruz's father is Cuban-born, his mother hails from Delaware. However, he was born in Canada while his parents worked in the oil business, they returned to the U.S. when he was four.
So, can he become president?
South Texas College of Law's Gerald Treece says technically 'no.'
“I don't think anyone would think he's qualified to be president under the Constitution,” Treece tells KTRH News. “That's one requirement in Article 2 that you have to be natural born U.S. Citizen.”
Treece says the requirements to become president were written amid fears the British would try to win back power from the colonies. He says its a question the Supreme Court would ultimately have to decide.
“The scholarship indicates that 'natural born' was intended to be born in the United States,” says Treece. “On the other hand, should we interpret it another way it wouldn't break my heart.”