Trump and Cruz Spar Over Birther Issue

Trump and Cruz Spar Over Birther Issue

The gloves came off between Trump and Cruz when the birther issue was brought up.

Trump has been hitting Cruz hard in recent days whether or not he’s a natural born citizen.

Cruz responded to the question saying:

“Back in September, my friend Donald said that he had had his lawyers look at this from every which way, and there was no issue there. There was nothing to this birther issue. Now, since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed, but the poll numbers have. And I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa. But the facts and the law here are really quite clear. Under long-standing US law, the child of a US citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen. If a soldier has a child abroad, that child is a natural-born citizen. That’s why Sen. John McCain, even though he was born in Panama, was eligible to run for president. If an American missionary has a child abroad, that child is a natural-born citizen. That’s why George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was eligible to run for president, even though he was born in Mexico. At end of the day, the legal issue is quite straightforward, but I would note that the birther theories, that Donald has been relying on, some of the more extreme ones insist, that you must not only be born on US soil, but have two parents born on US soil. Under that theory, not only would I be disqualified, Sen. Marco Rubio would be disqualified, Bobby Jindal would be disqualified, and interestingly enough, Donald J. Trump would be disqualified, because, Donald’s mother was born in Scotland.”

Trump replied:

“Here’s the problem. We’re running, We’re running. He does great. I win. I choose him as my vice-presidential candidate, and the Democrats sue, because we can’t take him along for the ride. I don’t like that, okay? the fact is — and if, for some reason he beats the rest of the field, he beats the rest of the field…I already know the democrats are going to be bringing a suit. you have a big lawsuit over your head while you’re running, and if you become the nominee, who the hell knows if you can even serve in office. So, you should go out, get a declaratory judgment. Let the courts decide.”

 

 


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