Donald Trump‘s questioning of Canadian-born Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s eligibility to be president got an unlikely booster Wednesday, when Republican Senator and former Republican nominee John McCain said the questions were legitimate.
McCain’s comments are surprising in part because he himself faced eligibility question in the 2008 race because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. But McCain said on The Chris Merrill Show that there was a world of difference: “Barry Goldwater ran for president; was born in Arizona when it was a territory. The Panama Canal was a territory of the United States of America.”
“That’s different than being born on foreign soil,” McCain told the Phoenix radio host. “I think there is a question. I am not a constitutional scholar on that, but I think it’s worth looking into. I don’t think its illegitimate to look into it.”
McCain and Cruz have a history of butting heads in the Senate. In 2013, Cruz was one of the senators McCain denounced as a “wacko bird” for their high profile filibuster of the nomination of CIA chief John Brennan.
Listen above, via The Chris Merrill Show.
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