Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz told Katie Couric during an interview for Yahoo on June 29 that Hillary Clinton was the original Barack Obama “birther.”
“The whole birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008,” Cruz told Couric. Earlier this year, Donald Trump also accused Clinton of starting the longstanding “birther” movement.
“Hillary Clinton wanted (Obama’s) birth certificate,” Trump said. “Hillary is a birther.”
The issue of the birther movement came up after Couric questioned Cruz for being born in Canada.
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“You were born in Canada. Do you think that's going to be an issue for voters, because when we did solicit questions on Twitter, many people pointed that out,” she said. “I know your mother is a U.S. citizen, was a U.S. citizen when you were born, but people seem to have a problem with that.”
Cruz responded by calling into question the origin of the Obama birther movement, and defended his U.S. citizenship in the process.
“I'll tell you as a legal matter, the law is quite clear, that a child of a citizen born abroad, is a citizen by birth, is a natural-born citizen. My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. I was born in Canada, in Calgary, because my parents were working in the oil and gas industry. And under federal law, the child of a U.S. citizen — if you or I traveled abroad and we have a child abroad, that child is a citizen by birth,” he replied.
Couric also grilled Cruz on other pressing national and worldwide issues, including climate change and immigration.
“I know you staunchly oppose President Obama's executive actions on immigration. You've worked to block every legislative action to allow undocumented immigrants to remain legally in this country,” she said.
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