Saturday 18 November 2017

Trump taunts rival Cruz for being born in Canada

Republican candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign speech in Ottumwa, Iowa
Republican candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign speech in Ottumwa, Iowa

Scott Bauer

Donald Trump has taunted fellow Republican candidate Ted Cruz over his eligibility to be president as the race for the Republican nomination intensifies.

With just over three weeks to the February 1 Iowa caucuses that kick off the state-by-state nominating contests, Mr Trump leads Mr Cruz by double digits in national polls. But the Texas senator leads in some Iowa polls, which could give him a boost heading into the February 9 New Hampshire primary.

Mr Cruz, who has long maintained there is no issue with his Canadian birth since his mother was a US citizen, repeated on Saturday that "the laws and facts are quite straightforward."

The Constitution says only a "natural-born citizen" may be president. Legal scholars generally agree the description covers foreign-born children of US parents. Mr Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2014.

"You can't have a person running for office, even though Ted is very glib and he goes out and he says, 'Oh, well, I'm a natural-born citizen.' The point is, you're not," Mr Trump said during a rally in Clear Lake, Iowa.

The comments were the latest sign the detente between the two has been shattered as Mr Cruz appears to have jumped ahead of Mr Trump in Iowa, where he has gained endorsements from social conservatives and solidified support among the key evangelical voting bloc.

Irish Independent

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