Citizen Cruz: Trump hammers away, Senate leader mum

Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Trump and Senator Cruz speak during the Republican presidential debate in Las VegasBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday hammered away at his closest challenger’s eligibility to be U.S. president, while the party’s Senate leader said the chamber will stay out of the fray involving Ted Cruz’s citizenship. Under the Constitution, presidents must be “natural born citizens.” Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, to an American mother, which he says makes him eligible to run. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told ABC’s “This Week” the Senate would not act to counter Trump’s claim that Cruz’s Canadian birth makes him ineligible to be president.

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