Precisely why I thought it was a good "political" response. It was apologetic for the tone, but the message was clear. I do not foresee a Muslim in the Cain cabinet.
I believe this was all about Cain stating he would not have a Muslim in his cabinet. He retracted that to say that he would vet the individual. He did not have a problem with a cabinet member being Muslim, but that the character of the cabinet member should reflect solid belief in the Constitution, not Sharia.
This was a good political correction for him at a time when he was just starting out. It was, in my opinion, fresh to hear someone err on the side of truth rather than to hide behind political vagueness.
There is a strong case in Rubio's corner on this issue, as his Father became a citizen four years prior to Marco's birth (from what I have been able to find). Both parents were legal immigrants, so they were subject to US jurisdiction prior to and at the time of his birth in Florida. From looking at both SCOTUS Decisions on the subject (including one written by Justice Joseph Story) and US Law, Marco Rubio is a Natural Born Citizen.
Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:
Anyone born inside the United States *(children of foreign diplomats are excepted from this)
Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.
SCOTUS cases and decisions can be found here:
Given this information, I cannot see how Rubio could be found Constitutionally ineligible for either President or Vice President.
Vote for Cain stop listening to the media who tries to brainwash us into who will win GOP nomination.
The beast needs to be cut, cut, and cut again till it screams. I'd echo your concerns on the fair tax. Until the income tax is repealed it shouldn't be considered.
When it comes time to a real vote that has a chance in the Senate, then we'll see how they vote. I'm for the flat tax, but both fair tax and flat tax are better than this.
How'd Cain institute a plan on any segment of the population already? Did I sleep for 14 months and just find out that we have President Cain? Or did a stealth revision to our existing laws occur that allow for mere candidates for office to make legislative changes like that? (Or have I missed an unspoken "/sarc" tag?)
Cain, as President, can only speak to the Federal taxes not to those of the city, county or state.
By embedded taxes you are speaking about gasoline, tobacco and alcohol taxes...right?
great article from Mr. Cain in the Washington Times
I've read Cain's 999 plan and I don't understand how it WILL/CAN work for Americans from all economic strata. Under his Individual Income and Sales taxes we could be paying a combined city, county and Federal sales tax of 19% and a combined State and Federal Individual Income tax of 19% for a total of 38% taxable incomes plus sales. I also don't understand what will be taxed on sales (food, heating/cooling, water...)?
The city,county and state sales are variable rates as are the states individual income taxes. I plugged in a 10% rate for both of those variables.
I like what I hear from him but his 999 needs tweaking as it stands now.
A lot of it isn't what change will happen at one time, it's to illustrate a vision of a new tax system for everyone.....that there is a plan and it's a significant change back towards capitalism and a more free people.
If he gets one anything in the plan (except for the additional sales tax) on its own, it's a huge victory.
As more and more people see that Herman Cain believes in America, more and more people will start to believe in Herman Cain. As Cain shares more of his whole hearted confidence in America, Americans will share their confidence in Cain. He has my vote.