Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t the only Republican candidate fighting off accusations about his birth status and whether he qualifies for the presidency – Sen. Marco Rubio is actually facing a lawsuit on the same.
Michael Voeltz, a Fort Lauderdale resident, filed a suit against Rubio, alleging the Florida senator – who’s coming in third in national polls, behind Cruz and first-place Donald Trump – fails to comply with the Supreme Court definition of “natural-born citizen,” Breitbart reported.
Rubio’s campaign responded with a request for the court to dismiss the “birther” claims.
“Rubio filed a motion to dismiss … [The complaint] show that Rubio’s legal team spent considerable time researching the issue. ‘Senator Rubio is a natural born citizen of the United States and he is eligible to be president of the United States,’ it concludes. … [The complaint] confirmed his parents were given citizenship in 1975. Rubio at the time said he did not know why his parents waited,” reported the Tampa Bay Times.
The filing also indicated Rubio’s parents came to the United States in 1956. Rubio was born on May 28, 1971, a few years before his parents were given citizenship.
Cruz has been fighting off charges he’s not a natural-born citizen of the United States because he was born in Alberta, Canada, to a mother who was an American citizen. Cruz actually held dual citizenship as a Canadian and American until June 2014, when he renounced his Canadian ties.