Speed Reads


In 2011, Ted Cruz told Republicans not to focus on birthright citizenship. Now he's 'absolutely' against it.

For awhile there, no one really knew how Sen. Ted Cruz felt about the 14th Amendment. Thankfully, he put us all out of our misery Wednesday when he came out as "absolutely" in support of ending birthright citizenship, a position recently trumpeted by Donald Trump. "That has been my position from the very first day of my running for the Senate," Cruz told Michael Medved on his radio show, suggesting that he has long wanted to end guaranteed citizenship for all those born on U.S. land whose parents are in the country illegally.

But as political reporter Lachlan Markay pointed out on Twitter, Cruz wasn't actually dancing to that tune back in October 2011, when he was a Senate candidate. In an interview with GOP is For Me, Cruz emphasized that he has spent years of his professional career "defending the Constitution."

"As much as someone may dislike the policy of birthright citizenship, it's in the U.S. Constitution," Cruz stressed. He went on to say that he believes it's "a mistake for conservatives to be focusing on trying to fight what the Constitution says on birthright citizenship."

Ah, how times have changed. Watch the video below. Jeva Lange