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  • With the 2016 Presidential race starting to heat up, several politicians have officially

  • thrown their hats into the ring. As usual, a number of political analysts have already

  • started to question the candidatesconstitutional qualifications, namely that of Ted Cruz, who

  • was born in Canada. So we wanted to know, who is allowed to run for president?

  • Well, according to the Constitution, there are only three major qualifications to run

  • for President. You must be a natural-born citizen, at least 35 years old, and have been

  • a permanent resident of the United States for no less than 14 years.

  • There are also a few situations that could limit your eligibility. If youve been impeached

  • and convicted, the Senate can prevent you from serving as President. Additionally, part

  • of the 14th amendment says that if you take part in a rebellion or insurrection against

  • the United States, after swearing an oath to the Constitution, you are disqualified

  • from holding the Presidential office. However, that one can be overturned by a two-thirds

  • vote from Congress.

  • Now, many people assume that in order to be a natural born citizen, you must be born within

  • the physical borders of the United States. But the constitution does not actually define

  • what a natural born citizen is. In 2011 a Congressional Research Service report clarified

  • the distinction. A person born outside the country can qualify as long as one of their

  • parents is a US citizen. This is known asjus sanguinisor, “the law of descent”,

  • as defined by British common law at the time of the Constitution’s creation. This is

  • in addition to the concept ofjus soli”, or being born on US territory. Essentially,

  • if you are automatically granted US citizenship at birth, then you fulfill the requirement.

  • It is important to note that the United States Supreme Court has never addressed this question

  • directly.

  • As is stands, most legal experts say that Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth by his American

  • citizen mother seems to qualify the candidate as having fulfilled the natural born citizen

  • requirement. Had Barack Obama actually been born outside of the country, this interpretation

  • would have also qualified him, as his mother was an American citizen at the time of his

  • birth. In any case, without a constitutional amendment or Supreme Court ruling, there is

  • no 100% clear answer as to what defines a natural born citizen, and who is allowed to

  • run for president. But in legal circles, there is little debate. So, if you meet the requirements,

  • then by all means, register as a candidate with the FEC and run for president. Make sure

  • to mention Test Tube Daily in your Inaugural Address.

  • The Supreme Court plays an important role in american politics, but theyre actually

  • becoming more and more divided by party lines. To learn about how the bias of the supreme

  • court is increasing, check out our video here. Thanks for watching TestTube! Please subscribe

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誰が大統領に立候補できるのか? (Who Can Run For President?)

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