On CNN’s “Outfront” on Tuesday, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul accepted the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and said that he would not question the presidential eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
During the one-on-one interview, host Erin Burnett asked if he was happy with the praise he had received from Palin
“I love an endorsement by Sarah Palin. What’s not to love?” Paul said. “Team Rand, you know, whatever that means can include a lot of people. What I’ve been telling people is that I want to grow the Republican Party, and that means that some of the libertarian ideas of 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 become the party of privacy. It’s hurt the president significantly.”
At the end of the interview, Burnett asked Paul about Cruz and his eligibility to run for president of the United States.
BURNETT: Now we’re three years away from the presidential election, right? Obviously, I know you’ve talked about it. You are talking to your family and making your final decision. Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas already made two trips to Iowa. You know this whole situation, right? He was born in Canada to a mother who was from Delaware so she was a natural born American and a father born in Cuba at the time. So, the law, we looked into it, says he should be eligible to run for president. Do you agree?
PAUL: You won’t find me questioning his eligibility. I decided a long time ago I wouldn’t be a birther. I’m not a birther for Democrats. I’m not a birther for Republicans. I’m staying out of that.
BURNETT: That’s a smart move.
PAUL: I’m saying out of that one.
BURNETT: There’s nothing good about being a birther.