You don't go to campaign operatives for impartial opinions. You don't even really expect them to tell the truth. But sometimes when one says something that is not only clearly false but demonstrably false, it merits correcting the record. So let's return to the point about this document which lists Ted Cruz's mom, Eleanor, as a Canadian citizen and eligible voter in 1974. As I noted on Friday, the existence of the document does not prove that Cruz was a Canadian citizen (human error is always possible). Nor does it necessarily negate her son's eligibility to run for President. But I was struck that the Cruz campaign felt compelled to respond to the document's existence by making claims that are simply demonstrably false. I'm talking specifically here about the statement Cruz chief campaign strategist provided to Breitbart.com.
Johnson said that "the document itself does not purport to be a list of 'registered Canadian voters ... All this might conceivably establish is that this list of individuals (maybe) lived at the given addresses. It says nothing about who was a citizen eligible to vote."
Well, this is clearly, clearly not true. The Breitbart.com article appeared to be worked out with the campaign to assure people that the document had no significance. So they made no effort to rebut the statement. But in the interests of helping everyone know the details. This statement is clearly and demonstrably false. And here's why.
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