Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
August 19th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
8 months ago

Ted Cruz releases birth certificate

(CNN) – As Ted Cruz's profile has skyrocketed in the last year–thanks to his election to the U.S. Senate and an attention-grabbing itinerary to early presidential voting states–the Texas Republican's eligibility for president has come under question.

Born in Canada to a U.S. mother and a Cuban father, most legal experts have said Cruz qualifies as a "natural-born citizen," a requirement for the White House job, as stated in the Constitution.

And Cruz seems to agree. He told ABC News in July that he's not "going to engage in a legal debate."

"The facts are clear," he continued. "I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were. And then as a legal matter, others can worry about that. I'm not going to engage."

But he will release his birth certificate. In fact, he already has.

The Dallas Morning News ran a story late Sunday analyzing Cruz's documents, which he released to the newspaper on Friday.

Legal experts told the paper that Cruz is not only eligible for president in the United States, he's also technically a Canadian citizen and can even run for Parliament. Unless he renounces his citizenship there, he could also obtain a Canadian passport, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The senator's office, however, said Cruz has never embraced his legal rights in Canada, a country that he left when he was four.

"Senator Cruz became a U.S. citizen at birth, and he never had to go through a naturalization process after birth to become a U.S. citizen," spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the newspaper. "To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce."

The recent debate has invoked the controversial "birther" movement that questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility for president. He put the issue to rest in 2011 when he released his long-form birth certificate proving he was born in Hawaii–though a small amount of conspiracists still maintain doubt about the president's place of birth.

Cruz will attend a GOP fundraiser in New Hampshire on Friday. Earlier this summer, he traveled to Iowa twice and stopped in South Carolina in May. All three states typically hold the first three contests in the presidential primary process.

– CNN's Z. Byron Wolf contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Ted Cruz • Texas
soundoff (616 Responses)
  1. tom walsh

    If the Dems would stop Voter ID so they can cheat in every election I believe they would cheat on Obama's Birth Certificate

    August 19, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Augustina Black

    Oh Lord! Here we go again. lol

    August 19, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Blackstuff

    They turn on themselves.

    August 19, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. cassius

    my niece was born in London while my brother inlaw was serving with the air force. due to repeated state dept screw ups she ended up with british citizenship with 2 american parents. she is now a naturalized us citizen serving in the air force. why did cruz get special treatment? good question. My niece couldnt get a straight answer on her citizenship problems.

    August 19, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. MakeThemEatCake

    So, regardless of where one is physically born, one U.S. parent is enough to define one as a U.S. Citizen. Interesting.

    August 19, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Dan5404

    You can release whatever you choose about your birth, but the one thing you really need to release is the illusion that you have a snowball's chance in Hell of ever being president.
    '

    August 19, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Gurray

    That raised the issue, now they have turned on themselves

    August 19, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. steve

    I guess if your not black the same rules do not apply.

    August 19, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. HamsterDancer

    We'll have to see if the birthers who like Cruz can stand the same silly assaults, arguments, and conspiracies that they threw at Obama.

    August 19, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Data Driven

    "natural-born citizen,"

    And there are competing theories about what that even means. Here's an idea: take up Orrin Hatch's old Amendment proposal: 20 years of naturalization and you can be Prez, if you wish, and if people want you to be.

    Plenty of traitors born in the USA, you know. The whole debate is silly.

    August 19, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Real Citizen

    "Legal experts told the paper that Cruz is ... also technically a Canadian citizen and can even run for Parliament. Unless he renounces his citizenship there, he could also obtain a Canadian passport, according to the Dallas Morning News."

    And that folks is precisely why the founders specified a "natural born" citizen as opposed to simply, "a citizen."
    At the time the constitution was written there were many Americans who had fled the war to England, Canada, Carrib. Islands
    and who sought to return after with children born abroad. These "citizens" it was feared lacked the loyalty to the US and
    also held dual citizenship, which was deemed a threat to our national interests in a President.

    Therefore the founders specified 'natural born,' and it was well understood at the time what they were doing, and why.

    Cruz may be a US Citizen, we haven't seen the papers his mom had to file when he was born in Canada nor have we
    seen proof she was a US Citizen, nor do we know if she ever accepted Canadian Citizenship. Regardless, he is not
    a "natural born" U S citizen as the term was understood in 1779. It is pure partisan bias and disingenuous commentary
    by the far right to make the claim this man is constitutionally qualified for the presidency. As avowed "originalists" they certainly know better.

    August 19, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. fraser Cartwright

    Catherine Frazier states he was never a Canadian citizen – wrong. By being born in Canada, he automatically became a citizen. Even if he has a US passport, he still qualifies, as a Canadian, to obtain Canadian passports etc.

    August 19, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. The last temptation of Stewie

    "He ( Barack Obama) put the issue to rest in 2011 when he released his long-form birth certificate proving he was born in Hawaii–though a small amount of conspiracists still maintain doubt about the president's place of birth." and by conspiracists you mean pin headed simpletons.

    August 19, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Fulano

    Ok. The last time I checked, a nada was a foreign country and Hawaii was part of the US. How could Teddy be born in Canada and still be a US Citizen? Because if that is possible, then what if Obama had been born in Kenya? He was born to at least one US citizen (just like Teddy), so Obama would also be. "Natural born" American citizen. These GOPers are just too stupid.

    August 19, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. mindstorms

    Maybe it is time to rethink who can or cannot run for president. There are literally millions of people who have become citizens and why shouldn't they be allowed to run for the office. After all we don't seem to be doing too good with the gene pool that makes up those who can run for office.

    August 19, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "Born in Canada to a U.S. mother and a Cuban father, most legal experts have said Cruz qualifies as a "natural-born citizen," a requirement for the White House job, as stated in the Constitution."
    -----------------------
    Excuse me, but let's roll back the clock to the 2008 presidential race, when both Senators Obama's and McCain's were called into question by both sides. Hawaii's documentation was not the same as what was used on the mainland, but McCain had the bigger problem. McCain was born in Panama.

    Let's not forget that "natural born citizen is not defined anywhere within the Consitution. It has long been accepted to mean born on U.S. soil. At the time of Constitution's writing, the soil upon which one was born determined your citizenship. I recall the argument put forth by "experts" and Republicans at the time. McCain was born in a military hospital, located on a U.S. military base, which is techinically U.S. soil they had argued.

    The experts had also pointed out that had McCain been born in a local Panamanian hospital, not located on "U.S. soil", then he would not be eligible to run for POTUS because he would not be a "natural born citizen". This is a clever effort by Cruz supporters to legitimize him, by redefining the traditionally accepted definition. If McCain would have been deemed ineligible in 2008, then Cruz should be deemed ineligible in 2016. End of story.

    August 19, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Kori Brown

    So I am a bit confused, over the lack of uproar. A republican candidate, not born on US soil, only one of his parents is a US citizen, why is he even being considered as a person eligible to even run for President of the United States? If I remember correctly the current president while faced with the same scenario-proved eventually to be false- was told by many that he could not.

    August 19, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Marc

    It's obviously a fake certificate

    August 19, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Walter Adams

    I'll bet if Ted's father were a black Cuban, the birthers would be in a dither trying to figure out how to support their tea bag idol.

    August 19, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. JK

    It will be interesting to see if Sheriff Joe in Arizona and Donald Trump spend a lot of time blathering about the white guy's birth certificate authenticity.

    I'm guessing not.

    August 19, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. Prancercize

    Obama released his 3 days before the Bin Laden raid to deflect attention from it. Timing is everything.

    August 19, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. JD

    The overwhelming silence, so far, of the Obama birther crazies regarding Ted Cruz tells you all you need to know. It was never about any legitimate question of Obama's birth record. It was all about disagreement with Obama's policies and/or race. Obama is eligible. Cruz is eligible. Crazies please go away!

    August 19, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. jpmichigan

    Cruz provided the birth certificate quickly, unlike Obama. It makes one only wonder about Obama motive for prolonging many ifs about him. Obama was born to an American citizen, true, but his father was an African bigamous.

    August 19, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. fibsernum

    I am quite willing to let Canada have Mr. Cruz.

    August 19, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Anonymous

    What’s the difference between Ted Cruz saying that he wants to shut down our government and Al Qaeda saying they want to shut down our government? Conclusion: Cruz is a terrorist.

    August 19, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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