South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who recently ended his own presidential bid,
couldn't help but laugh when asked if Canadian-born candidate Ted Cruz is eligible to be president.
"I just want to say, I think Ted is qualified to run for president of the United States," Graham said on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show on Friday. "I think he is a natural-born citizen. I am sure."
"Whether I'm right or not I believe that to be so. I don't want Ted to be the nominee. I don't dislike Ted, but I don't think that issue disqualifies him," he added.
Asked if he was surprised the issue was being discussed, the South Carolina senator began to laugh.
"No, not by Trump, no not at all," he chuckled as he said. "I thought it was pretty clever on his part actually."
Kilmeade then played a clip of Arizona Sen. John McCain, who said he didn't know if Cruz is eligible to be president. Graham continued to laugh in response.
"Am I the judge? Okay, I'll be the judge," he said as he continued to laugh. "I want Judge Judy to do this. I really think natural born is seen not as a location but connection that your parents have to the country and their citizenship. Not so much about location as it is the natural-born part of the Constitution has generally been interpreted is, one of your parents is an American citizen, that makes you an American."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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