Birthers: Florida Senator Marco Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen and Not Eligible to be President
Activists known as birthers, those who believe Barack Obama is not a U.S. Citizen and therefore ineligible to be president, are rallying against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American freshman senator from Florida, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.
Birthers say Rubio, who was born in Miami, is ineligible to be President under Article 2 of the Constitution, which says “”no person except a natural born citizen … shall be eligible to the Office of President,” the article reports.
“Marco Rubio is not now and never can be a Natural Born Citizen because his [Cuban] parents were not citizens at the time he was born …,” the blogger “Obama Release Your Records” recently posted, as cited by NY Daily News Columnist Albor Ruiz.
Birthers believe that “natural born” means a person born to U.S. citizens, according to the article. Rubio was born in 1971 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, his office said, but his parents did not become citizens until 1975.
Prominent birther, Orly Taitz recently met with Sen. Rubio’s staff during a visit to Washington.
“We need the court to finally adjudicate this issue, who is a natural born citizen,” Taitz, a California dentist and lawyer told the St. Petersburg Times. Taitz has a lawsuit in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate Obama released in late April in an attempt to quell a growing firestorm. The suit also seeks clarity on Article 2 language.
Taitz said Wednesday that she believes Rubio is ineligible to be president, though she several times resisted answering a “hypothetical.”
Rubio didn’t answer questions about his eligbility to be president, but his office says yes, he considers himself a natural born citizen.
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