Huckabee: Cruz Should Go To Court To Settle Presidential Eligibility Issue

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday urged his Republican presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to go to court to settle questions about whether he is eligible to run for President.

Appearing on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” after Fox Business Network’s Republican undercard presidential debate, Huckabee said that the Canadian-born Cruz should seek a summary judgment from a court in order to prove that he can serve as commander-in-chief.

“I didn’t think it was an issue until I started seeing extensive and thoroughly detailed articles from constitutional law professors with strong credibility saying that this is an issue,” Huckabee said. “I think Senator Cruz needs to settle it. The RNC has no business telling him that he should step aside because there’s a question. The issue is, answer the question. Settle it. Deal with it.”

After Burnett pointed out that going through the courts could take months and force Cruz to sacrifice the GOP nomination, Huckabee pivoted to the matter of his own airtight eligibility for the presidency.

“For me, it’s real simple,” he said. “I was born in Arkansas. We already have clearly established that you can be born in Hope, Arkansas, and be president of the United States.”

Former President Bill Clinton was born in the same Arkansas town as Huckabee.

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