Not according to Karl Denninger and the U.S. Constitution. Will that stop Romney from picking him as VP? Probably not. Romney thinks the Constitution is just a piece of paper, just like Obama. Will the same people who scream about the fact that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. going to scream just as loud about Marco Rubio? Don’t count on it.
Here are the facts:
- Rubio was born to two parents who were not citizens at the time of his birth. They were here in the country and he was born here, but his parents were not citizens at the time of his birth.
- At a later date his parents became citizens of the United States.
Marco Rubio is ineligible to be President of the United States under the natural born citizen requirement. He is a citizen but will never be a natural born citizen as he was not at birth due to the Cuban citizenship of his parents and you cannot retroactively acquire natural born citizenship status.
He therefore must not be nominated as VP, since the primary qualification for that office is the ability to stand as President if something happens to the President while he is in office.
The Constitution’s 12th Amendment specifically says:
But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
I know there are people who think the Constitution shouldn’t read this way on natural born citizenship as a requirement for this office, but it does read this way AND IS WHAT IT IS.
If you want to change this the proper thing to do is to amend The Constitution before you run someone who is currently ineligible. Circumventing it as was done with Obama is wrong, no matter which party does it.
We’ve had enough lawlessness in this country at the top and we are way past the point where we should be tolerating it in any fashion, irrespective of whether you happen to like someone or not.
THE RULE OF LAW MUST STAND ABOVE THE “DIVINE RIGHT OF KINGS” OR THIS NATION IS NO LONGER A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC.