A political activist says it seems clear that U.S. Sen. John McCain wants to prevent Ted Cruz from being the GOP nominee for president.
McCain has questioned Cruz's legal eligibility to be elected president, since Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban-born father.
Yet the issue was raised in 2008, when McCain ran for president, because he was born on a U.S. military base in Panama.
Donald Trump, the current GOP front-runner, first raised the issue of Cruz's eligibility in past days.
Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, says Cruz has "shined the light" on the backroom politics in the Senate, where McCain is one of the "bad actors."
She notes that McCain once described Cruz as a "wacko bird," which she says speaks to the longtime senator's character and his views of the tea party-backed Cruz.
McCain made the remark about Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul in 2013, when Cruz and Paul joined in a Senate filibuster over the CIA director nominee, John Brennan, The Washington Post reported.
McCain told the left-wing Huffington Post that "it's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone," explaining he was referring to Cruz and Paul, and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash.
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren described McCain's allegations as "political mischief" Monday in an interview with fellow host Neil Cavuto.
Susteren, an attorney, told Cavuto she studied the term "natural born citizen" and also talked to two former U.S. solicitors general. Both said Cruz is eligible to run for president, she said.
What's happening behind the scenes, Adams believes, is that "RHINO" Republicans are growing nervous after Jeb Bush's campaign is failing.
"Then they tried with Marco Rubio," she says, "and now they would much rather have Donald Trump than Ted Cruz."
Adams believes "establishment Republicans" are guessing they can work more closely with a President Trump than a President Cruz.