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…I like Rubio, but he’s not eligible – even though he’d like to think he is under the redefinitions of “natural born citizen” by the press and the Washington elite.

He can run for any other office – and I’d support him enthusiastically. He just can’t be vice president or president. Neither, by the way, can the very adept governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. He’s in the same boat. He was born in the USA to parents who were not yet citizens. By all accounts, he’s a great man. He’s doing a good job as governor. I would support him for any office except president or vice president because the clear meaning of the Constitution is that you must be the child of U.S. citizens at the time of your birth.

It may not seem fair, but we’re talking about the office of the presidency here. Ordinary “citizens” can seek any other office they wish, assuming they fit the other qualifications. But the founders had their reasons for this special category of “natural born citizen” for the presidency and vice presidency – and they remain very sound and, like it or not, the law of the land.

The fact that Rubio and Jindal were both born in America undoubtedly makes them “native-born” citizens, but not “natural-born” citizens.”Joseph Farah, WND

Marco Rubio scored points again in this interview with Hugh Hewitt, hot on the heels of an interview with Rush Limbaugh earlier this week. 

But he’s NOT eligible to hold the office of President or Vice President, despite the excited blatherings of Dick Morris and Sean Hannity the other night on Hannity’s show about how Rubio’s as good as on the 2012 ticket.  “He’s the bride VP, and will bring Florida’s 29 electoral votes!  The marriage is already made. All we need now is the Groom — the Presidential nominee.”  Hannity and Morris both should know better. My bet is that they do, but they don’t care.  Hannity talks a good game about the Constitution, but he’s either (a) ignoring Article 2, Sec. 1, clause 5; or (b) he’s ignorant and sloppy about his facts; or (c) more likely he’s adhering to Fox News chief Roger Ailes company dictate: Thou Shalt not talk about Obama’s or any one else’s Constitutional eligibility). 

View the Petition for Naturalization document submitted by Sen. Rubio’s father Mario in 1975.  Marco Rubio was born in 1971.

I am again reminded of the scene in Network where anchorman/commentator Howard Beale is being “schooled” by Arthur Jensen, the Chairman of the Board of the Union Broadcasting System, that the Tube is one of the “college of corporations” that rule the world.

Arthur Jensen: There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.

What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state, Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do.

We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that… perfect world… in which there’s no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock. All necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused.

And I have chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangel.

Howard Beale: Why me?

Arthur Jensen: Because you’re on television, dummy. Sixty million people watch you every night of the week, Monday through Friday.

Following the Dick Morris segment, Marco Rubio joined Hannity from a remote location:

HANNITY: All right. I know you are a freshman senator, I know you hate this question, but I’ve got to ask you, because I am asked this often myself, that a lot of people say that whoever gets the Republican nomination, your name comes up again and again and again as the first choice of people to be the vice presidential selection. You will be at the top of that list, whether you like it or not. And I got to ask you, if that moment ever came, would you give it deep consideration?

RUBIO: You know, Sean first of all, I’m honored that people would think about me in that way. I think they mean it as a compliment and that’s a positive thing. But I really believe that, especially right now, I’ve got to be focused on this job that I have as senator for Florida. At this time in our country’s history when we need I think more voices committed to this cause than I think you and I are united by. And so, if I start talking about anything else, it makes it even more problematic. So, my answer hasn’t changed. I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee for the Republicans. But I take that as a compliment to you and Dick Morris and everyone else who says that.

HANNITY: All right. There’s wiggle room there.


RUBIO: I don’t think so.

PLEASE, please stop deceiving your viewers and listeners.  Yes, Rubio is a good Senator.  We like him so far. And as long as he’s doing his job by the book (i.e. Constitution), we’ll keep him there where he is qualified and can do our nation some good.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio Blasts Barack Obama’s Demagoguery On The Debt Ceiling Great interview.
Hugh Hewitt.com ^ | July13 ,2011 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:39:29 AM by Hojczyk

HH: Senator Rubio, you represent a lot of senior citizens in Florida. The country knows that. I think it’s despicable to scare them this way. What’s your reaction to the President’s threat to hold their Social Security checks hostage?

MR: Well, if they don’t get their Social Security checks, it’s because the President’s decided to do that, because we still have revenue coming in. Here’s the other thing I would say. If in fact the President holds up their checks for Social Security, and Medicare, and whatever else he wants to hold up to make his point, isn’t he admitting that all these programs are funded by deficit spending? Isn’t he admitting that all these programs are dependant upon borrowed money?

And I think the folks who are on Social Security, people like my mom, would be shocked to learn the truth that the money that they’re receiving in Social Security isn’t the money they worked hard for all these years to put away, the government was going to give back to them in their retirement. The government spent all that money already. They spent it long ago on other things. This is borrowed money. This is money that we’re borrowing from our children and our grandchildren. And I think people are going to, if that happens, I think people are going to be shocked to learn the real truth about what the government’s done with their Social Security money.

HH: Obviously, the President thinks he’s got a rhetorical, political advantage, Senator Rubio, and he said at his press conference yesterday that the American people really don’t understand or pay much attention to this. What’s your assessment of the level of understanding of this debate among the average American?

MR: Well, I think it’s higher than the President gives people credit for. I think people understand this. We have a government that spends money we don’t have, does so at an alarming pace. They understand that we have no jobs in America. The jobs in America, the job situation in America is horrifying, that unemployment today is two percent higher than it was the day Barack Obama took over as president, that all threats of raising taxes, and all these new regulations in this health care bill, have killed job growth.

I think people understand that last month, only 18,000 jobs were created in America, which is like saying no jobs were created in America in the private sector. People understand it. And I think they’re increasingly going to begin to understand that this president has mismanaged the economy of the United States in such a way that we are now paying a terrible, terrible price all across the country.

HH: Thirty seconds, Senator Rubio, your colleague, Kent Conrad, wants to cut $800 or more billion dollars out of Defense. Your reaction?

MR: Well, I think the Chinese will be happy about that. I think our enemies around the world will be happy about that. Look, if there’s duplicate programs in Defense in the contracting process, if there’s places to save, we should save. I mean, it’s never been a good idea to waste money, now less than ever. But what we can’t afford is to be lulled into this idea the world is a safer place than it used to be. It’s more dangerous than ever.

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