During a CNN Republican presidential town hall on Wednesday night, a self-identified support of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked the Texas senator to lay out how he is eligible to run for president given that he was born in Canada.
“In order to prevent future controversy and possible litigation will you please justify, constitutionally, your legal right to be president of the United States as it relates to your natural born status?” Julie Hershey asked Cruz.
“The law under the Constitution and federal law has been clear from the very first days of the Republic. The child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural born citizen,” Cruz replied. “There will still be some who try to work political mischief on it, but as a legal matter this is clear and straightforward.”
Since Donald Trump questioned Cruz’s eligibility to run for president earlier in the election cycle, the Texas senator has maintained that he is eligible. However, Trump recently threatened to sue Cruz over his eligibility.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday asked Cruz if he welcomed a lawsuit from Trump.
“Look, you can never write off the possibility of Donald Trump suing you. He is welcome to file whatever lawsuit he likes,” Cruz said in response. “If he wants to file a lawsuit, he can file it and lose.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Cruz held a press conference during which he said he looks forward to Trump’s “frivolous” lawsuit.
Watch the clip from the CNN town hall:
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