After Ted Cruz said Donald Trump is only questioning his eligibility to run for president because he’s worried about Cruz’s rise in the polls, Trump replied he has nothing to worry about because he’s still leading – a response which drew loud boos from the audience.
When moderator Neil Cavuto later followed up and asked why he’s bringing this issue up now, Trump matter-of-factly conceded, “Because now he is doing a little bit better.” That admission also drew boos from the crowd.
Here’s the full exchange:
CAVUTO: Mr. Trump, you raised it, because of his rising poll numbers?
TRUMP: You know because you just saw the numbers yourself, NBC-Wall Street Journal came out with a poll headline, ‘Trump Way Up, Cruz Going Down.’ I mean so don’t — [Booing] — see you can’t, you can’t, they don’t like The Wall Street Journal. They don’t like NBC but I like the poll. And frankly it just came out and, in Iowa now, as you know, Ted, in the last three polls I’m beating you. So you shouldn’t misrepresent how well you’re doing with the polls. You don’t have to say that. In fact I was all for you because you started doing that because that is a misrepresentation. Number one. Number two. This isn’t me saying it. I don’t care. I think I will win fair and square. I don’t have to win this way. Thank you. Laurence Tribe and numerous others, from Harvard, of Harvard said there is a serious question to whether or not Ted can do this, okay? There are other attorneys that feel, and very, very fine constitutional attorneys, that feel that because he was not born on the land, he can not run for office. Here’s the problem. We’re running, we’re running. He does great. I win. I choose him as my vice-presidential candidate and the Democrats sue, because we can’t take him along for the ride. I don’t like that. Okay? The fact is, and if, for some reason he beats the rest of the field, he beats the rest of the field who is —[booing] — see they don’t like that. They don’t like that. [Booing] They don’t like he beats rest of the field because they want me. [Laughter] If for some reason, Neil, he beats rest of the field I already know the Democrats are going to be bringing a suit. You have a big lawsuit over your head while you’re running and if you become the nominee, who the hell knows if you can even serve in office. So you should go out and get a declaratory judgment. Let the courts decide and —
CAVUTO: Why are you saying this now? Why are you raising this issue now?
TRUMP: Because now he is doing a little bit better. No, I didn’t care if he, no, it is true. He never had a chance. Now he is doing better. He got probably 4 or 5 percent chance. [Booing]