Trump on Cruz's presidential eligibility: 'They're going to sue his ass up'

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  • "If he gets the nomination, they're going to sue his ass up," Trump told a crowd of supporters
  • Trump has repeatedly raised the subject of Cruz's birthplace

Milford, New Hampshire (CNN)Donald Trump's harping on Ted Cruz's Canadian birthplace wasn't enough to help him win the Iowa caucuses.

But he's not ditching that line of attack.
"If he gets the nomination, they're going to sue his ass up," Trump told a crowd of supporters here on Tuesday.
Trump has repeatedly raised the subject of Cruz's birthplace, suggesting that the Texas senator, who was born in Calgary, Alberta, to an American mother, may not be constitutionally eligible to serve as president of the United States. The Constitution requires the president to be a natural-born citizen, which Trump and some legal experts contend requires the person be born on American soil.
The matter has never been settled in federal court, but most legal experts side with Cruz in asserting that his birth to an American mother makes him a natural-born citizen.
Trump, though, has insisted that the uncertainty swirling around Cruz's eligibility -- largely stoked by Trump on the campaign trail -- would make Republicans vulnerable should Cruz become the party's nominee. Democrats, Trump contends, would be quick to sue to challenge Cruz's place on the ballot.
Trump also slammed Cruz on Tuesday as "really dishonest" for attack ads the Texas senator has run that accuse Trump of supporting Obamacare.
Trump suggested a reason for the Texan's attacks: "Because he was born in Canada."