Fox News television host Sean Hannity urges Senator Ted Cruz to confirm he's eligible for the 2016 presidency despite being born in Canada, citing concern for ''liberal birthers''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Fox News television host Sean Hannity gave Texas Senator Ted Cruz a chance to dispel any rumors on Thursday (February 26) that he was not eligible to run for the 2016 presidency due to his foreign-born status. "I am asking this next question, because I know the liberal media will," said Hannity at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.. "Your mother was an American citizen. You talked about your dad coming from Cuba. You were born in Canada. You had dual citizenship. There are a bunch of liberal birthers out there that would try to make the case that you're not eligible." "Look, I was born in Calgary. My mother was an American citizen by birth. Under federal law that made me an American citizen by birth. The constitution requires that you be a natural-born citizen," replied Cruz, who released his birth certificate in 2013 amid questions about his background. The move came after President Barack Obama faced intense scrutiny from "birthers" about his eligibility to be president. Born in 1961 to an American mother and Kenyan father, Obama in 2011 released his birth certificate, which says he was born in the U.S. state of Hawaii.