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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Cruz’s Citizenship

A new lawsuit claims Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is ineligible to run for president, citing his Canadian birth.

by Nick Visser

The case, lodged Thursday by Texas attorney Newton B. Schwartz Sr., says Cruz is ineligible to run as he isn’t a “natural born citizen,” Bloomberg reported. Cruz was born in Canada to an American citizen.

“This 229-year question has never been pled, presented to or finally decided by or resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Schwartz says in his complaint.

Schwartz has requested the U.S. Supreme Court expedite the case ahead of the Iowa caucuses and told Bloomberg he was surprised Cruz didn’t file a case himself to avoid any complications.

Obama's birth certificate
Billboard challenging the validity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate. The billboard is located in South Gate, and photo taken on November 12, 2010.

The issue became heated during this week’s GOP debate after a moderator asked Cruz about Donald Trump’s accusations that the senator may be constitutionally prohibited from presidential office.

“Back in September, my friend Donald said he had his lawyers look at this from every which way and there was no issue there,” Cruz replied. “There was nothing to this birther issue. Now, since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed, but the poll numbers have.”

Source: HuffPo