McCain: Cruz's eligibility needs 'to be looked at'
 
"I assume he's eligible but all of these things need to be looked at," McCain told reporters, adding that Cruz wouldn't necessarily need to go to court but "could consult some respected constitutional scholars." 
 
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McCain caught attention earlier this month after telling the "Chris Merrill Show" that he didn't think it was "illegitimate to look into" Cruz's eligibility. He then added that during a separate interview with the "Michael Medved Show" that he "would assume" Cruz, who was born in Canada, was eligible. 
 
The Arizona Republican suggested on Monday that his previous comments had been blown out of proportion, telling reporters, "All I said was it ought to be looked at, and then all the sudden kaboom."
 
McCain's comments have earned him pushback from Cruz. The Texas Republican suggested that he's trying to help Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioCapitol Police arrest 40 during healthcare protests New Alexandra Pelosi documentary brings together GOP, Dem members Senators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan MORE (R-Fla.), who is also running for president and who Cruz predicted McCain will endorse. 
 
The Arizona senator however rejected that, saying, "I am endorsing no one," before adding, "You always consider your options, but I certainly not considering Marco Rubio at this point or anyone—anyone at this point."
 
Cruz's eligibility to run for president has been under the media spotlight since Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats target Trump's border wall in defense bill debate Obama ethics czar: Trump fundraiser at his DC hotel ‘illegal’ Trump trolling of Comey — Not presidential MORE, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, suggested that he should go to court to settle the matter. 
 
Cruz, however, has defended his status, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that "as a legal matter, the Constitution and federal law are clear that the child of a U.S. citizen is a natural born citizen.”
 
McCain, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, was born in the Panama Canal Zone. While the Senate previously passed a resolution confirming McCain's eligibility to run for president, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellValerie Jarrett slams GOP for not including women in healthcare discussions Healthcare wish lists: What moderates, conservatives want Top GOP lawmaker questions tax break for wealthy in healthcare plan MORE (R-Ky.) said the same won't be done for Cruz in an effort to keep the upper chamber out of the 2016 presidential battle.