We are at the point in American politics where it is never too early to start talking about the next presidential run. With candidates now announcing their campaigns up to a year and a half prior to the election, we have come a long way from 1960, when John F. Kennedy announced his bid for President in January of that year. At this early point in the race, it seems that Hillary Clinton is gearing up to run, along with the likes of Rand Paul, and Chris Christie.
Aside from the aforementioned possible candidates, one should keep a very close eye on Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Cruz has made many headlines in past weeks over, since he was born in Canada, whether or not he would even be eligible. The general consensus among constitutional scholars is that since his mother was an American citizen when he was born in Canada, he probably holds dual citizenship and all he would need to do to be eligible for the Nation’s highest office is to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Within hours of this report, Cruz announced that he would do just that if in fact he was technically a Canadian citizen.
So what does all this mean for the possibility of a Cruz campaign and the GOP as a whole? The short answer is that it is very good for both. It seems now that if Cruz wants to run, he definitely would be eligible. The impact such events will have on the Republican Party will be much more wide reaching. For the first time in recent memory, the Republicans will have a young (Cruz is just 42), eloquently speaking conservative candidate who has actually had an interesting past.
In short, Ted Cruz can do lots of good for the GOP by running for President and the GOP can do lots of good for the US by nominating Ted Cruz for President. There is a little over three year until the presidential election- a lifetime in politics, and there is a lot to be decided between now and then. As it sits however, Ted Cruz is the guy to watch.
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