Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement
August 19th, 2013
11:03 PM ET
12 months 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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soundoff (942 Responses)
  1. Tony

    It took Cruz until he's 42 years old to renounce his Canadian citizenship. As Republicans like to say, what took him so long? Because Cruz's mother was a U.S. citizen, he claimed that he was a natural born citizen. Obama's mother was also a U.S. citizen, but that did not seem to make the slightest difference to tea partiers. Cruz is a longtime leader of the tea party. What took him so long to speak up?

    August 20, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. james watkins

    Wow! This is same scenario for Obama. It's all be cause he is a black man!

    August 20, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. jim

    Just admit it tea baggers, it's okay for Cruz because he's white

    August 20, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. jim

    We need Sheriff Arpaio to investigate this.
    Oh, wait, Cruz is white.
    Never mind.

    August 20, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Damn Proud to be Republican

    I guess the same people who said nothing was wrong with O'mama being a Kenyan say this guy is wrong because he was born in Canada. Go figure. I guess it only works one way. This guy didn't try to hide anything so whats the problem?

    August 20, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. MaryM

    Wow, the hypocrisy from the right is soooo thick you can cut is with a knife. Where are rwnj and the Birthers. And you republican wonder why you lost the general election

    August 20, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. mukazzi

    Let's make this a lot more fun: Cruz picks Scott Walker (gov. of WI -believe me, he is a "lower case 'g"); Michele Bachmann as Press Secretary; Sarah Palin as Secretary of State. Name some other interesting cabinet choices...

    August 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. The Right Left

    The serpents and controversies that the GOP created is coming back to bite them in the rear. Another loos just solidified on their side. This party is becoming a joke for late night comedians.
    I heard Sarah Palin is going to make another run for Presidency. She is going to ask Putin to be her running mate – She can see him from her back porch. He must be a US citizen according to GOP.

    August 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Eric B

    I say canada has gon eunder foot long enough we of the united states must invade and annex canada

    August 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. jinx9to88

    All these hypocrite GOP on this blog saying it shouldnt matter if he was born in Canada, but it mattered to you people when Obama was elected. Obama is more of a US citizen then Cruz. Last time I checked Hawaii is part of the Union not Canada. The extreme GOP are just garbage and will be gone soon. The moderates will be back soon enough.

    August 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Hogan's Goat

    He was born in another country, same as Trump says about Obama. PLEASE run him for president so we can quote what you all said about Obama to him. How about "Somewhere in Cuba, there's a shoeshine stand going to waste."

    August 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Forrestal

    Renounce is such a strong term. He says he has nothing against Canada, but one has to wonder....

    August 20, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. jb1963

    Doesn't matter. He would lose anyway. They will lose the independent vote if the debate are only going to be on right wing stations. We need to see them answer questions from the left as well.

    August 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. mick

    Good, as a Canadian all is I have to say is we don't want him anyway.
    Keep your Republican nutcases, bad enough Harper is running our country into USA clone version, cannot wait until the next election to vote him out!!!

    August 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ted Cruz renounces his Canadian citizenship and Dick Armey laughs all the way to the bank.
    When, oh, when will the TeaPers learn what dupes they've been played for?

    August 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. 11

    Probably gonna be the worst decision of his life when the economy goes in the toilet again down there!... good luck bud! Should have renounced your US "citizenship" !

    August 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. z2cents

    2015-16 is going to be a great year for entertainment

    August 20, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    All of this is a slick effort by the Cruz campaign to turn the discussion away from "natural born" to "Cruz a U.S. citizen." Mr. Cruz does not meet the traditionally accepted defintion, going back over a hundred years, that it means born on U.S. soil.

    August 20, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. jinx9to88

    So if Obama was really born in Kenya, does this mean its ok now? GOP/tea trolls do explain? Please...... I am listening.

    August 20, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. SammyZ

    Can we get him to renounce his US Citizenship too?

    August 20, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. anon0510

    So I'm assuming those on the far right still clinging to the whole "Obama's not a citizen" thing are going to drop it now? Well they're going to have to since their guy wasn't even born on US soil – if you want us to take his presidential aspirations seriously, drop the Obama crap please. It's probably time to stop saying a guy born in Hawaii is not a US citizen.

    August 20, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. jennifer in Houston

    By republican rules he is foreign born.. oh silly me that was the rules for the black democrat.. we obviously will have some new rules coming from the tea party any day now. What a sham the republican party has become.

    August 20, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Bob

    U.S. politician, rumored to have presidential ambitions, renounces Canadian citizenship. Now there's a bold move.

    August 20, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Dave

    Conrad Black renounced his Canadian Citizenship to become and English Lord. Then he got convicted of crimes in the United States and somehow ended up back in Canada. They should deport him since he's a known criminal.

    August 20, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. D Kroupa

    Where's the real birth certificate? What are you hiding from us? I've heard rumors that Cruz not only grew up with the "Trailer Park Boys", but was heavily influenced by them.

    August 20, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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