Ben Carson says he doesn't believe Ted Cruz's Canadian birth presents an eligibility issue in running for president.
"It seems to me like the rules are fairly well-specified in terms of who qualifies to be a natural born," the Republican presidential candidate told NewsMaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show on Thursday. "If your parent is a citizen of the United States, and you're born on foreign soil, you are still an American citizen. And that has always been the case as far as I know. One of my children was born on foreign soil and they're a natural born citizen."
"For me it's not an issue," added Carson.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio have also said there is no issue with Cruz's Canadian birth.
In an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, Donald Trump said Ted Cruz's Canadian birth would be a "big problem" for the Republican Party. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul added on Wednesday that he was not sure if Cruz was eligible to be president of the United States either. (Both men previously had said it was not an issue.) On the same day, Arizona Sen. John McCain also said that he wasn't sure if Cruz was eligible.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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