Ted Cruz releases birth certificate
August 19th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
11 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. Bob

    Where is Trump and his investigators on this.....???

    August 19, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. glk20c

    "I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were."

    Well, he's already way ahead of Obama.

    August 19, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. longtooth

    Born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. That makes him a communist muslim, right?

    August 19, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. jack snyder

    does that mean birthers will back off president obama?!

    August 19, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Oh ... OK then.

    And in TeaPerville no doubt this also and too makes Cruz one of those "real" Americans TeaPers stutter on and on about?

    August 19, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. us_1776

    Nary a "birther" in sight.

    .

    August 19, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Donaldbain

    Sorry, no Cubans. HAHAHAHAHAHA

    August 19, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. John

    His paper is a fake. He is NOT an American citizen.

    It is easy to say stuff, isn't it? But in this case, it is true.

    August 19, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. LiberalJoePlumber

    Figures. Once the flood gate was opened with the "Obama birthers" we'd see a continuation of it.

    August 19, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. W.B.

    "He put the issue to rest in 2011 when he released his long-form birth certificate proving he was born in Hawaii" What??? The long-form certificate didn't put it to rest any more than the short-form certificate. The nutjobs just said it was a fake. Meanwhile, sane people understood Obama was a citizen.

    August 19, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. M

    So will these birthers claim that Ted Cruz's birth certificate is a forgery? Yeah, I'm waiting for that to happen, and I have a feeling I'll be waiting a long, long time.

    August 19, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. kvining

    I fail to see how someone born in a foreign country who lived there for four years is a US citizen.

    August 19, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Greasemonkey

    .....Lets be clear on this one......A "birther" is one of those nut jobs who refuse to acknowledge that Obama was born in Hawaii despite all evidence to the contrary.

    August 19, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. dudeassist

    The hypocrisy is amazing!!!!

    August 19, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Just Saying

    Wouldn't that be exactly the same scenario that the birthers accuse Mr. Obama with? Let's see how the tea partiers extremists deal with that...

    August 19, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. George Wallace

    This is why we need to amend the Constitution to allow any US citizen the right to become President.

    August 19, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Standard Forms

    His Birth Certificate is useless- he needs the standard State Department form titled something like "Report of Birth Abroad" or something like that – THAT is the only "proof" he needs. BTW, the ONLY place I've seen this "controversy" is on CNN – no one else seems to be interested. Guess the Dems just don't swing that way, huh?

    August 19, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Ken

    Did Cruz release a long or short form birth certificate? Has anyone checked the font to see if it is consistent in the document? Just checking to see if it conforms to Tea Party standards.

    August 19, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Viet.Vet

    It wouldn't make a difference to the ignorant birthers where Cruz was born, he is a Republican and is considered one of them, this birth thingy only applies to someone who don't look like them. Despite the hypocrisy, Cruz have as much chance of becoming President of the US as Limbaugh or Donald Trump.

    August 19, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. DL

    If you are born in Canada, you are a Canadian citizen. There is no grey area. He is also an American citizen by virtue of his US-born mother (just like Obama, even if he were born in Kenya or Hungary or New Zealand), and therefore would be eligible as a natural-born citizen.

    August 19, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Joan

    Legal experts say Cruz can run because even though he was born in Canada and his father was Cuban, his mother was an American citizen. One out of three. Now, President Obama was born in Hawaii (an American state) to an American mother with an African father. That's two out of three. What about that birthers?

    August 19, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. badcyclist

    So much for the "Canadians are nice" stereotype. Canada has a lot to answer for....

    August 19, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. NYVeteran

    He inst an American citizen then. He cant run. Don'T vote for him. Where is SUperTrump when you need him!! Conspiracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tea PARTY, help!!!!!!!!!!!!! a Canadian IS TRYING TO RUN FOR president.

    August 19, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Darrel

    I won't vote for Ted Cruz because of his politics, but this is a moot issue. He was born to a US citizen, not needing to become a citizen by naturalization, therefore he is eligible to run for President. Let's debate the issues, this isn't one of them.

    August 19, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Phil in KC

    So now the same controversy the Republicans keep raising about Obama is coming back to haunt them. Evidently, now that it's a Republican, though, it's OK.
    Hmm... let's see... his mother is American, so he's a U.S. citizen, and he was born in Canada, so he can also claim Canadian citizenship. Since his father is Cuban, does that also mean he could claim Cuban citizenship? I bet Raul would welcome him with open arms if he decided to 'come home'.

    August 19, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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