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."
 
 
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 John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit 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.