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Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible for the presidency? Legal experts say yes

Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible for the presidency? Legal experts say yes

Texas Sen. Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, on Dec. 22, 1970, the son of Eleanor Darragh, from Wilmington, Del., and Rafael Cruz, a native of Cuba.

If he's elected president this fall, he would become the nation's first chief executive born outside the United States.

But his foreign birth is raising questions — most notably from Republican rival Donald Trump — about whether Cruz is eligible for the presidency under the Constitution.

Article II says: "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of...

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