By Randy Barnett – The Volokh Conspiracy
Yesterday, the Harvard Law School chapter of the Federalist Society held a wonderful debate between Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe and Yale law professor Jack Balkin on whether Ted Cruz is a “natural born citizen” and, therefore, eligible to be president under the Constitution. (Like Balkin and Cruz, Tribe was also my constitutional law professor.) Tribe says the issue is “not settled” but he also offers an argument against Cruz qualifying. For his part, Balkin makes what I think is the strongest originalist argument for why Cruz does qualify (which Michael Ramsey presents here).
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