Canadian born Ted Cruz recently renounced his Canadian citizenship and is now trying to be an American president.
In addition to Donald Trump and others – even some in Cruz’s own Republican party – the questions are swirling. Can someone born in another country be a Natural Born U.S citizen.
John McCain is rightfully questioning how Ted Cruz, who held dual citizenship and thus, considered himself a Canadian a little over a year ago, can now run for president of the United States.
In an interview Wednesday on Phoenix radio station 550 KFYI’s Chris Merill Show, McCain said he “doesn’t know” whether Cruz’s birth in Canada makes him eligible to be president. Cruz, whose father was born in Cuba, asserts that he is a U.S. citizen because his mother was an American.
“I know that came up in my race because I was born in Panama, but I was born in the Canal Zone which is a territory. Barry Goldwater was born in Arizona when it was territory when he ran in 1964,” McCain said.
“That’s different from being born on foreign soil. I think there is a question. I’m not a constitutional scholar on that, but I think it’s worth looking into. I don’t think it’s illegitimate to look into it.”
Asked if the Supreme Court might have to weigh in on the “natural born citizen” issue, McCain said, “It may be, that may be the case.”