Sen. Ted Cruz participated in a big event to woo conservatives in Iowa, but he wants you to know that he’s totally not laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run. But it he were, he also wants you to know that it won’t be a problem that his father is Cuban:
“We are having a national debate about which direction the country should go…and what I am doing now is trying to participate in that national debate,” Cruz said Friday while in Iowa, a state frequented by those with White House ambitions. “I’m not focused on the politics…the last office I was elected to was student council. So this has been a bit of a whirlwind.”
Karl asked Cruz about his eligibility for the White House, which has been questioned given that he was born in Canada.
“My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She’s a U.S. citizen, so I’m a U.S. citizen,” Cruz said.
“I’m not going to engage in a legal debate. The facts are clear,” he added. “I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were. And then as a legal matter, others can worry about that. I’m not going to engage.”
He’s right, of course, but let’s see if the birthers agree. He does have one big point in his favor — he isn’t black.