Eligibility hasn’t been this much in the news since Barack Obama held a White House news conference to reveal a document he said was documentation of his Hawaiian birth several years ago.

But now the focal point is not Obama, and the suspicion he was born outside the United States. It’s not even on the arguments that since the authors of the Constitution specified that presidents be a natural born citizen, they probably meant something other than just citizen, which was used elsewhere in the document.

It’s on Sen. Ted Cruz, a rising star for the GOP and already among the names being mentioned as a possible Oval Office candidate in 2016.

The Blaze recently featured a type of round-table discussion on the issue of Cruz’ birth in Canada to an American mother and foreign father.

The conclusion?

“It hasn’t worked its way through the courts.”

That means there’s no precedent for such a dilemma – unless those concerns about Obama were legitimate, and he would turn out to be a foreign-born son of an American mother and an American father, like Cruz.

Discussion participant Will Cain said the original concern undoubtedly arose from the fact the framers were highly concerned about an outside leader coming to the United States and somehow getting elected.

English common law, participants noted, required citizens to be born on English soil and of an English father.

Participant Buck Sexton said they were worried “a monarch would find a way to buy into an election.”

Others also are raising concerns.

A News 4 report from Jacksonville noted that U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho has promised to back Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s bill to investigate the president’s birth certificate.

“So I called Steve up when I got back. He says, ‘Yeah, we’re doing it. You want to get on that?'” I says, ‘yeah,'” said Yoho.

And at ThisWeek, a report cites the questions being raised about that issue by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas.

He said Congress should have investigated Obama’s birth circumstances and eligibility, but it probably it too late to deal with the issue now.

“If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” he said. “But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted.”

Several others in the House, Reps. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., also recently have raised questions.

Most old-stream media outlets cite the document Obama released as proof positive, and ignore the findings of a law enforcement Cold Case Posse in Arizona that has stated on the record that the document is a fraud.

See the reports investigating Obama’s birth certificate.

Among the biggest names to raise concerns is billionaire Donald Trump.

Trump repeatedly has insisted Obama has not documented his eligibility. At one point, he offered $5 million to the charity or charities of Obama’s choice if he would release his passport records and authorize the colleges he attended to release his applications and other records.

Trump argues that those documents would show whether or not Obama ever accepted scholarship or other aid as a foreign student.

Trump’s recent conversation with ABC’s Jonathan Karl started with Karl noting that Trump took on the “not serious” issue of eligibility.

“Why does that make me not serious?” Trump demanded. “I think that resonated with a lot of people.”

Karl replied: “You don’t still question he was born in the United States, do you?”

“I have no idea,” Trump said. “I don’t know. Was there a birth certificate? You tell me. You know some people say that was not his birth certificate. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows, and you don’t know either. Jonathan you’re a smart guy, and you don’t know.”

When Karl admitted he was “pretty sure,” Trump jumped on the statement.

“You just said you’re pretty sure … you have to be 100 percent sure,” he said. “Jonathan, you said you’re pretty convinced, so let’s just see what happens over time.”

Trump then steered the conversation back to the lagging economy.

My issue is economic,” said Trump. “Our country is being ripped apart by China and many other countries. That’s my issue.”

“I always said I wanted to know if it was real,” Trump told WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi, author of the best-seller “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama is Not Eligible to be President,” earlier.

In their conversation, Trump told Corsi his own computer expert told him that the image posted online was a computer-generated document.

WND has reported Mike Zullo, the lead investigator for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse in Arizona, said interest in rising.

In 2011, a contingent of citizens in Maricopa Count asked Arpaio to look into the issue because they were concerned an ineligible candidate would be on their 2012 presidential election ballot.

Zullo has contributed evidence to a court case – now pending before the state Supreme Court in Alabama – on the dispute. He has testified that the White House computer image of Obama’s birth certificate contains anomalies that are unexplainable unless the document had been fabricated piecemeal by human intervention, rather than being copied from a genuine paper document.

“Mr. Obama has in fact not offered any verifiable authoritative document of any legal significance or possessing any evidentiary value as to the origins of his purported birth narrative or location of the birth event,” he explained earlier. “One of our most serious concerns is that the White House document appears to have been fabricated piecemeal on a computer, constructed by drawing together digitized data from several unknown sources.”

Zullo also has noted that the governor of Hawaii was unable to produce an original birth document for Obama, and it should have been easy to find.

See some of Zullo’s evidence:

Most recently, Grace Vuoto of the World Tribune reported that among the experts challenging the birth certificate is certified document analyst Reed Hayes, who has served as an expert for Perkins Coie, the law firm that has been defending Obama in eligibility cases.

“We have obtained an affidavit from a certified document analyzer, Reed Hayes, that states the document is a 100 percent forgery, no doubt about it,” Zullo told the World Tribune.

“Mr. Obama’s operatives cannot discredit [Hayes],” the investigator told the news outlet. “Mr. Hayes has been used as the firm’s reliable expert. The very firm the president is using to defend him on the birth certificate case has used Mr. Hayes in their cases.”

The Tribune reported Hayes agreed to take a look at the documentation and called almost immediately.

“There is something wrong with this,” Hayes had said.

Hayes produced a 40-page report in which he says “based on my observations and findings, it is clear that the Certificate of Live Birth I examined is not a scan of an original paper birth certificate, but a digitally manufactured document created by utilizing material from various sources.”

“In over 20 years of examining documentation of various types, I have never seen a document that is so seriously questionable in so many respects. In my opinion, the birth certificate is entirely fabricated,” he says in the report.

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