Pa. judge hears challenge to Cruz's citizenship

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 10, 2016 1:10 PM

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks during a rally, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania judge says he'll decide soon on a court challenge that contends Texas Sen. Ted Cruz isn't a U.S. citizen who is eligible to run for president and shouldn't appear on the state's primary ballot.

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini heard arguments Thursday.

Cruz is among six Republican candidates who filed paperwork in Pennsylvania to run for president. The Pennsylvania primary is April 26.

The challenger is Carmon Elliott of Pittsburgh.

Cruz's lawyer Robert Feltoon argues that Cruz is a natural born citizen, even if he was born in Canada, because his mother is a U.S. citizen.

Feltoon also argues that the constitution delegates the question of whether a candidate for president is eligible to take office to the Electoral College and Congress, not the court.

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