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Trump Responds to Cruz Challenge to Debate: I’ll Debate Once a Judge Rules You’re Eligible to Run

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Published on: January 30, 2016

Following Senator Ted Cruz’s challenge to have a one-on-one debate with Donald Trump, a Trump spokesperson said that he would be happy to have a debate with the Texas senator after a ruling from a federal judge comes down that declares him eligible to run for the office of president.

“Once you’ve gotten that ruling from the federal judge and you’re the last man standing in this presidential contest next to Donald Trump, we’ll be happy to have a debate with you one-on-one, anywhere you want,” said Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Thursday. “But, as it stands right now, we don’t even know if Ted Cruz is legally eligible to run for president of the United States.”

As I have pointed to the distinctions of the terms citizen and natural born citizen in the Constitution and pointed back to the sources that the framers had in their hands, including Vattel’s Law of Nations, which is the only writing I know of at the time that used the full term “natural born citizen,” it has been my opinion and many other writers, including constitutional scholars, that Senator Cruz is ineligible.

However, Lewandowski went on to further attack the Texas Senator saying, “What this is, is a publicity stunt by Senator Cruz who is continuing to fall in the polls in the state of Iowa.”

She claims that Cruz’s super PAC offered the Donald a donation to charity, similar to that which he offered Obama for his birth certificate, if he would accept the debate challenge. Leandowsky said the money being offered came from “dark money donors.” So far, she has not provided evidence for her claim.

To be fair, Trump has engaged in his own publicity stunts. Like it or not, the move to forego the GOP debate to attend a veteran’s event was a publicity stunt, and it seems to have worked.

“If Ted Cruz were able to disclose the loans that he’s taken out from Goldman Sachs and Citi, then maybe he would use his own money for this, but instead he’s using super PAC money which I don’t even know if he can do legally,” Lewandowski said. “And the bottom line is, you know what we’ve said to Ted Cruz, go into court, seek a declaratory judgment to find out if you’re even legally eligible to run for president of the United States.”

Cruz did disclose the loan referenced on July 9, 2012, weeks before the primary runoff with then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Phil Kerpen, president of the free market public policy group American Commitment, provided the documentation to prove Cruz had disclosed the loan.

The loan was also reported by Roll Call on June 3, 2013, as well as Kemberlee Kaye at Legal Insurrection and Open Secrets.

Lewandowski also spoke about the Keystone Pipeline, which Cruz also supports, and eminent domain. In her response, she made sure to include the fact that Cruz was born in Canada.

“The Keystone Pipeline, as you know, starts where Ted Cruz was born, in the country of Canada, and runs right down to where he lives now, in the state of Texas, and eminent domain is an issue that you know what unfortunately, sometimes you need to use it to get projects like that done,” Lewandowski said.

Frankly, I don’t understand how a federal judge is to be trusted with determining the issue of natural born citizen status. We’ve discovered time and time again that federal judges are offering unconstitutional rulings. Exhibit A would be Obamacare and Exhibit B would be the Marriage ruling. It is up to the people to understand what the Constitution says and what it means. Sadly, too many are ignorant and unwilling to learn.

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