By Tom Quiner
In last week’s Republican debate, Marco Rubio accused Ted Cruz of dramatic flip-flopping.
Cruz pretty much said Rubio lied.
Let’s look at one claim made by Senator Rubio, that Senator Cruz used to favor birthright citizenship, but now he opposes it:
Here is what senatorial candidate, Cruz said in a 2011 interview:
“I served five-and-a-half years as the solicitor general of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state of Texas, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and I have repeatedly defended the Constitution. The 14th Amendment provides for birthright citizenship. I’ve looked at the legal arguments against birthright citizenship, and I will tell you, as a Supreme Court litigator, those arguments are not very good. As much as someone may dislike the policy of birthright citizenship, it is in the U.S. Constitution. I don’t like it when federal judges set aside the Constitution because of their policy preferences are different, and I think it’s a mistake for conservatives to be focusing on trying to fight what the Constitution says on birthright citizenship.”
That was then. Cruz has since switched his view on the subject to correspond with prevailing political winds:
“We should end granting automatic birthright citizenship to the children of those who are here illegally. That has been my position from the very first day of my running for the Senate.”
It is Senator Cruz, in fact, who has not been forthright about his position.