Cruz Tells Trump: Your Mom Was Born in Scotland

The two leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination butted heads in Thursday night’s debate over whether the Canadian-born Ted Cruz is qualified to be commander in chief.

Donald Trump repeated his argument that the Texas senator is vulnerable to lawsuits over his eligibility. The real-estate mogul pointed out that, according to many legal scholars, it is unclear whether Cruz meets the Constitution’s requirement of being a “natural born citizen.”

Cruz tried to turn the tables on his rival by noting that Trump’s mother was born in Scotland. The senator recalled that last year, Trump acknowledged there was “nothing to this birther issue.” Since then, Cruz’s campaign has gained traction. He is now in a virtual tie with Trump in Iowa, the site of the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1.

“The Constitution hasn't changed; Donald’s poll numbers have,” Cruz declared. “The legal issue is quite straightforward, but I would note that the birther theories that Donald has been relying on, some of the more extreme ones insist that you must not only be born on U.S. soil, but have two parents born on U.S. soil. Under that theory, not only would I be disqualified, Marco Rubio would be disqualified, Bobby Jindal would be disqualified, and interestingly enough, Donald J. Trump would be disqualified because Donald's mother was born in Scotland.”

The billionaire businessman admitted after the debate that he brought up the birther issue “because now (Cruz) is doing a little bit better.” He added: “No, I didn’t care before, it’s true.”

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