Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his opponent Ted Cruz may not be constitutionally qualified to serve as president because he was born in Canada, and that people going to caucus in Iowa should ''think about that problem.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attacks Ted Cruz during a rally in Norwalk, Iowa on Wednesday (January 20) by saying "a lot of people don't like him" and that he will end up being sued if he wins because he is a Canadian citizen. "He was a Canadian citizen while he was a United States Senator. He was a joint citizen of the United States and Canada, but how do you do that? And he said he didn't know about it, which is interesting," said Trump. With Trump now needing to fend off Cruz's rise in Iowa, he pushed his charge that Cruz may not be constitutionally qualified to serve as president because he was born in Canada. The U.S. Constitution says only "natural born" citizens can become president of the United States. "I think when you go to caucus, you should think about that problem," said Trump. Born in Calgary, Alberta, to a U.S. citizen mother and a Cuban father, Cruz has accused Trump of bringing up his birthplace simply because Cruz was leading some polls in Iowa. Cruz said Trump, who led the movement questioning whether the Hawaiian-born President Barack Obama was really from the United States, had asked his lawyers to look into the issue of Cruz's birth in September and concluded there were no issues. Trump said Democrats would sue if Cruz were on the Republican ticket, putting their party's chances of winning at risk. The birthright issue has dogged American politics before: 2008 Republican nominee John McCain survived questions about his birth in Panama because he was born on a U.S. military installation there and it was judged to be U.S. soil. In 1967, Republican candidate George Romney faced questions about his birth in Mexico, but his candidacy never advanced far and the issue was abandoned.