Trump: Cruz must get eligibility ‘straightened out’
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“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.
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.”