Video: Cruz hammers Trump on birther issue, notes Trump flip-flop on issue

cruz-trump-birtherIn Thursday’s debate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was asked about the ongoing debate about his eligibility to serve as President.  He responded by noting Donald Trump’s own flip-flop on the issue and reminded him that under the theories being presented by Trump supports, he and others would not be eligible to run.

“I’m glad we are focusing on the important topics of the evening,” Cruz said when asked about his birth. “Back in September, my friend Donald said he had his lawyers look at this in every which way.

“Since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed, but the poll numbers have,” he added. “And I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa. But the facts and the record here are really quite clear.”

He wasn’t finished.

“The birther theories that Donald is relying on say that you have to have two parents born on US soil. I would be disqualified, Marco Rubio would be, Bobby Jindal would be disqualified.”

“And,” he added, “Donald Trump would be disqualified.”

The reason?  His mother was born in Scotland.

“On the issue of citizenship, Donald, I’m not going to use your mother’s birth against you,” Cruz said.

Trump responded by telling Cruz: “Because it wouldn’t work.”

He also bragged about his poll numbers and said Cruz would be sued by the Democrats if he becomes the nominee.

“If you become the nominee, who the hell knows if you can even serve in office. And you should go out and get a declaratory judgment,” he said.  Cruz — who has argued and won cases before the Supreme Court –responded by saying, “I’m not going to take legal advice from Donald Trump.”

Video of the exchange can be seen below, courtesy of Fox News Insider:


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