Cruz just LIED. There is no theory I know of that holds eligibility as natural born citizen requires that one’s PARENTS be BORN in the US. There is a widely held theory that both parents must BE citizens of the US at time the CHILD is born. Big lie by Cruz. He must have known better.
CRUZ: (Laughs) Well, Neil, i’m glad we’re focusing on the important topics of the evening.
Back in September, my friend Donald said that he’d had his lawyers look at this from every which way, and there was no issue there. There was nothing to this “Birther” issue.
Now since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed.
But the poll numbers have.
And I recognize, I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa. But the facts and the law here are really quite clear. Under longstanding U.S. law, the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural born citizen. If a soldier has a child abroad, that child is a natural born citizen. That is why Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), even though he was born in Panama, was eligible to run for president. If an American missionary has a child abroad, that child is a natural born citizen. That’s why George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was eligible to run for president, even though he was born in Mexico. At end of the day the legal issue is quite straightforward but I would note that the birther theories that Donald has relying on, some of the more extreme ones insist that you must not only be born on U.S. soil, but have two parents born on U.S. soil. Under that theory, not only would I be disqualified,Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) would be disqualified, Bobby Jindal would be disqualified–and interestingly enough, Donald J. Trump would be disqualified.
Because, because, Donald’s mother was born in Scotland. She was naturalized. Now Donald– —
TRUMP: But I was born here.