On Thursday night Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was asked about Donald Trump’s recent suggestions that Cruz’s birth in Canada could pose problems, given the Constitution’s requirement that presidents be natural-born citizens.
Donald Trump suggested that Ted Cruz has a big lawsuit over his head until this issue is resolved.
Cruz insisted he was natural born and went on to accuse Trump of having questionable birthright citizenship.
On Thursday a Texas lawyer filed a lawsuit challenging Canadian-born Senator Ted Cruz.
Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz should be disqualified from the race because he isn’t a “natural-born citizen,” a fellow Texan claims in a “birther” challenge filed against the senator in a U.S. court.
The suit seeks a court definition of the term to clarify whether Cruz — who was born in Canada to an American mother — can or can’t serve if elected.
“This 229-year question has never been pled, presented to or finally decided by or resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Houston attorney Newton B. Schwartz Sr. said in his 28-page complaint. “Only the U.S. Supreme Court can finally decide, determine judicially and settle this issue now.”
Claiming that “time is of the essence” because of the rapidly approaching Iowa caucuses and March 1 Super Tuesday primaries, Schwartz asked that the case be expedited for resolution by the nation’s highest court as soon as possible.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump pressed the issue during a televised candidate debate Thursday evening in South Carolina, saying he’s bringing up Cruz’s Canadian birthplace “because now he’s doing a little bit better” in the polls. Trump insisted that Cruz receive a judgment from the courts because it would be bad for Republicans to have the issue hanging over their presidential or vice-presidential nominee.
One quarter of Republicans believe Cruz’s birthplace disqualifies him for president.