Jan 5, 2016 8:49 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CLAREMONT – Donald Trump says he hears “a couple of states have a problem with” rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth.
And the Republican presidential front runner also said in a 1-on-1 interview with NH1 News that he hoped that Cruz’s birth in Canada “would not be a reason for disqualification” if the senator from Texas won the GOP nomination.
Trump spoke with NH1 News hours after the Washington Post published an interview with Trump in which he called the issue “very precarious” for the Republican Party.
Asked by NH1 News if he was questioning Cruz’s citizenship, Trump said “No. I’m not. I just know that it’s being questioned all over and a lot of people are asking me that question. And I know that the Washington Post asked me that question today. All I know is that a lot of people are talking about it. I hope it’s not so. I hope it doesn’t come about but people are worried that if he wasn’t born in this country, which he wasn’t, he was born in Canada. And he actually had a Canadian passport along with US passport until recently, like within the last couple of years.”
“So I don’t know what it all means. I know that other people are talking about it. The problem is that if the Democrats bring a lawsuit, the lawsuit could take years to resolve and how do you have a candidate where there’s something over the head the party and that individual. So I hope it wouldn’t be the truth. I hope that wouldn’t be what it is and we’ll find out I guess. Ted will be able to answer the question hopefully satisfactory. I hear a couple of states have a problem with it too,” Trump added.
Following the release of the Washington Post article, Cruz suggested in a tweet that Trump had jumped the shark.
Trump didn’t respond to that criticism, but he told NH1 News that “I hope this would not be a reason for disqualification. So hopefully he’ll have the answers.”
Trump was questioned a couple of hours after NH1 News was first to report that leading New Hampshire conservative activist Andrew Hemingway was endorsing Trump, just a couple of months after he backed Cruz. Hemingway told NH1 News that while he respected and admired Cruz, he was concerned that the senator wasn’t campaigning much in the first-in-the-nation primary state compared to Trump, who visits New Hampshire almost every week.
Asked if he thought Cruz was short changing the Granite State, Trump said “well, perhaps so. He’s got all his onions in the basket of Iowa, and that’s fine. You know he hasn’t been here very much. I don’t think he intends to be here very much. I’m here all the time. And I’ve spent a lot of time in Iowa too. I’m doing really well in Iowa and we’re doing really, really, well right here.”
And Trump raved about Hemingway, who will serve as a New Hampshire campaign co-chairman, Trump said “Andrew is a fantastic guy and we’re very honored that he came with us. He left Ted’s campaign to come with us.”
Trump spoke with NH1 News an hour before he headlined a rally a jam-packed high school gymnasium. The Claremont Fire Department said some 1,500 people were in the audience.
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