Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) didn't back off his hard-line approach to illegal immigration on Wednesday when he was confronted by a woman who suggested she entered the USA illegally as a teen.
There was a fleeting moment around this point eight years ago in which some questioned John McCain's eligibility for the presidency.
"That's different from being born on foreign soil", McCain said, highlighting that the Panama Canal was an unorganized territory of the United States for much of the 20th century. Their foreign policies are nearly identical.
"I don't know the answer to that", said McCain on the Chris Merrill Show on KFYI550 on Wednesday of Cruz's eligibility.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Cruz, a constitutional scholar himself, brushed the issue aside, saying that the question was akin to "Fonzie jumping over a shark", and derided the media for engaging in "silly sideshows".
"Some of Ted Cruz's enemies are piling on and saying, 'Oh, this is worth looking into, '" he added. "I don't think it's illegitimate to look into it", McCain said. Of course he is, no matter what Donald Trump has to say about it. He was born to an American mother who happened to be in Canada at the time, and a result Cruz was a citizen at birth.
Throughout his time in the White House, President Obama has had to deal with conspiracies from the far right that he wasn't born in the United States, and, in turn, shouldn't be eligible to be the President of the United States.
One of the greater oddities of USA presidential politics is the constitutional clause that candidates be "natural born" citizens.
On Thursday, Trump again hit Cruz and referenced McCain's comments. The Texan said that large tariffs historically hurt American jobs, and pushed the alternative of placing a 16 percent business flat tax on imports.
The Congressional Research Service, the arm of the Library of Congress which for more than a century has been tasked with providing (allegedly) non-partisan research and legal analysis to members of Congress, has described a "natural born" citizen as one who is a citizen "at birth" or "by birth", as opposed to a "naturalized" citizen.
"You know this is what Trump does", Bush continued. "I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed", Johnson said. The U.S. Constitution requires that presidents be "natural born citizens", which Cruz is alleged to not be, since he was born in Canada. "But a lot of people are talking about it and I know that even some states are looking at it very strongly, the fact that he was born in Canada and he has had a double passport".
Iowa Rep. Steve King, a fellow Republican who has been campaigning with Cruz all this week and remains popular in his northwest district, also rebutted the fire from McCain and Trump. Barry Goldwater as examples of Republican presidential candidates who ran for office even though they were born outside the U.S. Following a 2013 investigation by the Dallas Morning News examining Cruz's citizenship, the Texas senator formally renounced his Canadian citizenship the following year.