Paul: Cruz could be Canada’s prime minister instead of president

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Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump's new digital strategist quickly leaves campaign Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office Trump hires Rand Paul's former digital director: report MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday prodded at the controversy over Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: Meet and greet and grief Trump to meet with Senate GOP next week Trump camp eyeing Mike Pence for VP: report MORE's (R-Texas) citizenship, saying Cruz could be Canada’s prime minister if he does not end up U.S. president.

“I think without question he is qualified to make the cut to be prime minister of Canada,” he quipped on Fox News Radio’s "Kilmeade and Friends," as first reported by BuzzFeed.

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“Without question he is qualified and meets the qualifications,” the GOP presidential hopeful continued, contrasting his rival's legal challenges over his U.S. citizenship and eligibility to become commander in chief.

“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.

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