Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement
August 19th, 2013
11:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement

(CNN) – Lest any questions remain about Sen. Ted Cruz's national allegiance, the Texas Republican announced Monday he was renouncing his Canadian citizenship.

Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, and over the weekend he released his birth certificate to put to rest any questions about his background. In an analysis, the Dallas Morning News speculated Cruz – considered a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – was a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.

"Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was 4 and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter," Cruz wrote in his statement.

"Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship. Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship," he continued. "Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth, and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American."

As speculation ramps up about Cruz's political future, some have questioned his eligibility to become president. Most legal experts have said Cruz qualifies as a "natural born citizen," a requirement for the White House job, as stated in the Constitution.

In the Dallas Morning News Sunday, 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 newspaper.

The senator's office, however, said Cruz has never embraced his legal rights in Canada.

"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."

CNN's Jim Acosta, Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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  1. bcw

    Now, let GOP potential candidates tastes their own medicine. How ironic !

    August 20, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. beerguy

    Not enough information to really tell – virtually anyone born in Canada is automatically a Canadian citizen – the only exception is if neither of your parents are Canadian citizens AND at least one of them is in Canada as a diplomat or some other foreign-government employee.

    Anyway – if it is true that being born abroad is OK if your parent is a US citizen, why was the whole Obama Hawaii thing an issue – his mother is US citizen so if that argument is true it never would have mattered.

    August 20, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. texasnotea

    Yes yes yes! Gotta love those truth and justice for all tea baggers. I've been telling you they are a bunch of lying hypocrites.

    August 20, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Whitley

    Canada sighs with relief.

    August 20, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. TruePatriots

    He can renounce it all he wants to. If he was born on Canadian soil, Canada still considers him a Canadian citizen. He has every right to pursue Politics in either country, however, he probably wouldn't do very well in Canada.

    August 20, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. tj

    Yes as a canadian as well.. good riddance.

    August 20, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. citizen

    He is not a natural born citizen because he was born on a sovereign soil of a different country. McCain was a different story, as someone who was born on the military base, which is considere US sovereign soil ( as are the embassies and consulates). Therefore, regardless of his mother's citizeship, he is not eligible to run for the President.

    August 20, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Anonymous

    If you were born in Canada, you are a Canadian. Who are these people trying to fool, I guess America.

    August 20, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. DJ Reality

    Denounce your Canadian citizenship all you want Ted but you can't be president. After all it doesn't change the fact you were born there..

    August 20, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. Pete/Ark

    Unfortunately for the U.S. he renounced the wrong citizenship ...can we give him a mulligan or "do-over" ?

    August 20, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. jnpa

    The question is did he have a passport when he came into the US? Probably not. If he did, then his parents got the appropriate State Department form declaring him a US citizen born abroad and he would be officially and legally a U.S. citizen born abroad. If not he would only have a Canadian birth certificate and, therefore, he is a Canadian citizen regardless of what he says. Denouncing his Canadian citizenship does nothing officially. It’s all in the paperwork, right Obama birthers?

    August 20, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. kurtinco

    This just proves how inept Obama is. All he had to do was renounce his Kenyan and Indonesian citizenship and he would have been all set.

    August 20, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Julie

    Uhh Ted, when you are born in a country and live there 4 years you are a Canadian citizen 1st and then possibly a dual citizen of another country 2nd. Obama was born in the U.S. You weren't, no matter how you try to spin it.

    August 20, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. AJ 513

    The collective IQ of Canada just went up.

    From Cruz's standpoint he should probably keep it so he can see what a functional health care system looks like.

    August 20, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. Dougie

    As a Canadian I would like to thank Mr Cruz for giving up his Canadian citizenship. The last thing I want is the name of a Canadian connected in anyway to the nut cases in the Tea party.

    August 20, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. abby1

    Since he was born in Canada, that makes him a Canadian. Will the birther conspirators back off of him because he is a Republican tea party favorite?

    August 20, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. bcw

    Please let Ted join the GOP primary. Pleeeeeeease, the campagin and debates will be very fun to watch.
    Headline, one Tea Party candidate (Rand) eat the other Canadian Tea Party Candidate (Ted) live in a Birther Parade. There will be blood.

    August 20, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Yamadog

    He had one foot in Canada and another in Cuba, that makes him a Canuba citizen.

    August 20, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. opinion8it

    Republicans in general have renounced their allegiance to America.

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

    Well if he is from Texas then he's definitely NOT and American.

    August 20, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. bob

    Problem solved. Poof, easy as that he is now a natural born citizen and qualified to be president. Why didn't Obama think of that?

    August 20, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. Lee

    I wonder what the birthers think of him. A sitting elected US Senator that is a Republican who is actually a citizen of a foreign country!!!! Further, he is ONLY considering the renouncement of that foreign allegiance for the fact he might run for President (and it is going ot come out anyway).

    August 20, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. Jean

    My father was also born in Canada to US citizens. He had lived in the US since age 7 and thought he was a US Citizen until 1968 when he moved to a new state and went to register to vote and was denied. He never made claim to his Canadian citizenship and even served in the US Air Force, but was not a US Citizen until he took his citizenship test and the oath of citizenship

    August 20, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Donaldbain

    He is never going to be president. Ever.

    August 20, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Samuel Wyndham

    This is a poor way to treat the country you were born in.
    You are not a natural born AMERICAN.

    August 20, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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