Trump: Cruz must get eligibility ‘straightened out’
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE says it would be a risky move to give Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Overnight Health Care: Democratic bill would require insurance to cover OTC birth control | House Dems vote to overturn ban on fetal tissue research | New rule aims to expand health choices for small businesses MORE (R-Texas) the party’s nomination for president amid questions about his eligibility.
 
“It’s not a settled matter. He was born in Canada. And I say to Ted, and as a Republican I say it, because I think it’s very important, you gotta get it straightened out,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Clear Lake, Iowa, on Saturday.
 
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He said it would be risky to nominate Cruz "because you cannot put somebody there folks who’s going to go in, and he’s going to be immediately sued by the Democrats because they’re saying he was born in Canada and he’s not allowed to run for president."
 
Trump said he thought only citizens born in the U.S. could run for president.
 
“And, honestly, I don’t know, because some people say you have to be born on the land, OK?” he said. “You have to be born on the land. That’s what I always thought before, you have to be born on the land. So he was born in Canada.”
 
Cruz, a constitutional lawyer, has maintained that he is a natural-born citizen, as opposed to a naturalized citizen, because his mother is American.
 
Several citizens who were not born in the U.S. have previously run for president.
 
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 Republican nominee for president, was born on a military base in Panama.
 
And George Romney, who ran in the Republican primary in 1968, was born in Mexico to American parents.
 
Article II of the Constitution states: “No person except a natural born Citizen … shall be eligible to the Office of President.”