Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky doesn't question that fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is eligible to run for president, even though the Texan was born in Canada.
"You won't find me questioning his eligibility," Paul told Erin Burnett on CNN Tuesday. "I decided a long time ago I wasn't going to be a birther. I'm not a birther for Democrats. I'm not a birther for Republicans. I'm staying out of that. Yeah, I'm just staying out of that one."
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Cruz was born in Calgary in 1970 to an American mother from Delaware and a Cuban who had fled before the Castro revolution. His eligibility for president has been raised after he made recent trips to Iowa.
The birther movement grew up among Republicans who questioned whether President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Even though his mother was American, they felt there was insufficient proof that he was born in the United States.
Burnett showed a clip of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsing 'Team Rand" when it came to his libertarian views and his recent spat with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
"I love an endorsement by Sarah Palin. What's not to love?" Paul said.
Paul explained that his goal is to "grow the Republican party" through his libertarian ideas.
"Respecting people's privacy, respecting the Fourth Amendment, not spying on Americans, I think that appeals to a lot of young people and will bring new people into our party if we want to become the party of privacy," Paul said.
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