Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV
on Wednesday that Ted Cruz might ultimately "end up in the courts" on the question of his citizenship and how it might affect his presidential campaign.
"I've had this problem ever since Cruz announced," DeLay, the five-term Texas Republican who served from 2003 to 2005, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview. "There is a difference between the definition of natural born and naturalization — and it has not been settled by any branch of government.
"Cruz needs to address this in some way because it is a cloud right now in Iowa," DeLay said.
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Born in Calgary, Alberta, to a mother who is a United States citizen and a father from Cuba, Cruz has consistently said that he is qualified to seek the White House.
DeLay, however, told Malzberg that the "most expedient" way for Cruz to settle any questions is to work through the courts.
"You can't do anything through Congress," he said. "Congress isn't going to pass any bill to protect him — and I'm sure [President Barack] Obama wouldn’t sign anything.
"He's going to the courts if he's the nominee. The Democrats will use every avenue available to them.
"They sued me over a valid issue," DeLay said, referring to a 2006 lawsuit
brought by Democrats after he dropped his re-election bid. "They'll sue him.
"He'll end up in the courts one way or another."
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