Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Defense: General says US strike probably led to civilian deaths | Tillerson to push NATO on spending | Trump taps F-35 chief Senate backs Montenegro's NATO membership We need congressional debate on Yemen MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday prodded at the controversy over Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzWounded Ryan faces new battle The mystery of Ivanka Trump Conservatism's worst enemy? The Freedom Caucus. MORE's (R-Texas) citizenship, saying Cruz could be Canada’s prime minister if he does not end up U.S. president.
“We live in a really litigious world and so is it a concern that people will sue him over not being born in this country?” he asked.
“It’s never been adjudicated before,” Paul continued. "I think this will begin the discussion of it. We have had some previous cases of it, but I don’t think we’ve ever gone through the court system for the Supreme Court to decide one way or another. I’m not enough of a legal scholar to say how the courts would decide one way or another.”
Paul said Cruz’s ambiguous policy positions are more concerning than his citizenship status.
“The risk of nominating Ted Cruz is more knowing what he stands for,” he said of his fellow senator.
“Take the [National Security Agency] for example,” Paul said, citing its bulk collection of phone record metadata.
“My question to Ted Cruz is, are you for collecting more data or against it?” he asked. "Are you for more privacy or less privacy? I think a little bit of Ted’s problem is that he wants it a little bit of both ways with a lot of different crowds.”
Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, and possessed dual citizenship between the U.S. and its neighbor. He renounced his Canadian citizenship upon beginning his Senate career in 2012.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump began attacking Cruz’s birthplace earlier this week, arguing it could become “very precarious” for Republicans if Cruz wins the presidential nomination this year.
Cruz dismissed Trump’s remarks as a “silly circus sideshow” during a radio interview Wednesday.