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article imageTrump: Cruz's Canadian birth means an ineligible presidential bid

By Michael Krebs     Aug 12, 2013 in Politics
Real estate mogul and former Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared to be gearing up for 2016, suggesting Senator Ted Cruz's Canadian birth would make him ineligible for the White House.
Getting ahead of the 2016 presidential election season, Donald Trump has again expressed his concerns about the birth origin of presidential contenders, airing his positions on Senator Ted Cruz's Canadian origins on ABC's "This Week."
Asked if Senator Cruz was a viable candidate for the White House, Trump readily shared his opinion.
“If he was born in Canada, perhaps not,” Trump said. “I don’t know the circumstances. I heard somebody told me he was born in Canada. That’s really his thing."
The real estate mogul and 2012 GOP presidential candidate has become well known for his accusations on birth records, having repeatedly accused President Obama of not having produced the proper documentation on his U.S. birth certificate. His persistence on the matter put him in the spotlight along the Republican presidential campaign trail.
Trump visited Iowa over the weekend, but it was unclear whether or not he intended to run for president in 2016.
“Somebody is going to have to emerge who is really smart and really tough,” Trump said, according to CNN. “Because Obama should have been beaten. Hillary is going to be tougher to beat. And the Republicans have to do what's right. If they don't pick the right person, and I mean, it has to be the perfect person, they are going to get dropped in the 2016 election.”
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