2 Arizona Senator John McCain, says Ted Cruz's eligibility needs 'to be looked at'
Arizona Sen. John McCain on Monday defended his previous comments raising questions about Sen. Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for president, saying it needs to be examined more.
"I assume he's eligible but all of these things need to be looked at," the Arizona Republican told reporters, adding that the Texas Republican wouldn't necessarily need to go to court but "could consult some respected constitutional scholars."
McCain caught attention earlier this month after telling the Chris Merrill Show that he didn't think it was "illegitimate to look into" Cruz's eligibility. He then added that during a separate interview with the Michael Medved Show that he "would assume" Cruz, who was born in Canada, was eligible.
The Arizona Republican suggested on Monday that his previous comments had been blown out of proportion, telling reporters that "all I said was it ought to be looked at, and then all the sudden kaboom."
McCain's comments have earned him pushback from Cruz. The Texas Republican suggested that he's trying to help Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is also running for president and who Cruz predicted McCain will endorse.
The Arizona senator however rejected that saying "I am endorsing no one," before adding "you always consider your options, but I certainly not considering Marco Rubio at this point or anyone—anyone at this point."
Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for president has been under the media spotlight since Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, suggested that he should go to court to settle the matter.
Cruz, however, has defended his status telling CNN's "State of the Union," that "as a legal matter, the Constitution and federal law are clear that the child of a U.S. citizen is a natural born citizen.”
While the Senate has previously passed a resolution confirming Sen. McCain's eligibility to run for president, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the same won't be done for Cruz in an effort to keep the upper chamber out of the 2016 presidential battle.