Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement
August 19th, 2013
11:03 PM ET
11 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. Dboudreau

    As a Canadian I thank him for the renouncement of his citizenship. Will further strengthen our gene pool with Cruz out of the mix

    August 20, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  2. Sam I Am

    Canada never cliamed you either. We're doing just fine without you in the picture.

    August 20, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Where is Donald Trump on this?

    August 20, 2013 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  4. Donald Trump

    Hey, this guy is white, he's okay by me! Even if he wasn't born in this country and isn't technically a natural born US citizen. Why shouldn't he be president? Oh, he's super smart too, and totally not a clown!

    -The Donald

    August 20, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  5. Sam Adams

    We'll believe it when the formal paperwork is filed.

    August 20, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  6. rosehips

    born in Canada? Sorry, not eligible to be the Commander in Chief. I don't think so at least. But my sources may be "birthers" so I may have to retract. :)

    August 20, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  7. Angela

    OK now what will he do about his Cuban Citizenship. His father was a Cuban citizen when he was born and under Cuban law if one parent is a Cuban ( much like US law) the child also has Cuban citizenship. At least you can't say he is a man without a country, and he is probably too old to be subject to the Cuban draft.

    August 20, 2013 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  8. Patrick Henry

    Imo, only US citizens born on US soil should ever be allowed to be president. That is for good reason. Because it prevents the possibility of someone being raised in another country who may develop loyalties to that nation from ever becoming in a position within the US govt to act upon those other loyalties.

    In fact IMO, this should preclude anyone from even serving in Congress or key state department or security positions as well.

    August 20, 2013 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  9. Leroy

    I was hoping Cruz was gonna renounce his inherent stupidity....

    August 20, 2013 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  10. TotallyEH

    The fact that he apologized and reminded everyone that he had nothing against Canada, DEFINITELY makes him Canadian.

    August 20, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  11. tellingitlikeitis

    So? So there's hope for the 'dreamers' who are born here and have dual citizenship with Mexico through their parents citizenship can still be President of the US of A.

    Cruz is like how the 'birthers' jumped on the bandwagon as to the citizenship of Obama; both having one parent a citizen and the other never establishing citizenship before either was born. At least Obama was never questioned as to having a DUAL citizenship with another country?

    August 20, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  12. L. Post

    So what do the birthers think of this? From their perspective:

    Obama born in a foreign country
    Father born in a foreign country
    Mother born in USA

    Cruz born in a foreign country
    Father born in a foreign country
    Mother born in USA

    So birthers would have to agree that Cruz is not eligible, right?

    August 20, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  13. Thomas

    A vote for Ted Crus is like a vote for a reincarnated "Joe" McCarthy .

    What is the GOP thinking moving farther to the right ?

    August 20, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  14. Anonymous

    um... if you were born in canada then you're a canadian by birth, ted.

    August 20, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Good. We don't want him anyway

    August 20, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  16. juanmoretime

    Hey, a lot of hispanics have a birth parent born here and they don't qualify for automatic citizenship. What's the deal? This guy WASN'T BORN here! Hey Cruz, just because you have a spanish surname, you can be sure that the republicans won't get most of the latino vote.

    August 20, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  17. Bluebooster

    Don't let the door hit you on your way out! See ya!

    Proud Canadian

    August 20, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  18. derek

    Ok, who again is this guy?

    August 20, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  19. Andrew

    One of our sleeper agents might finally go all the way my fellow Canucks and implement comprehensive, efficient and affordable healthcare for all our American friends. The Manitoban Candidate.

    August 20, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  20. Nametex G

    Nothing wrong with dual cotizenship.

    August 20, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  21. Rio Seven

    I am Canadian and I am pretty sure you cannot renounce your canadian citizenship. Citizenship is based on where you are born – you can't undue where you are born. He can say whatever he wants, but if he decided he wanted a Canadian passport, I am pretty sure he would be able to get it – because he was born in Canada.

    August 20, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  22. miller

    to late damage done

    August 20, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  23. bcjonah

    Yeh!... sorry neighours... xxoo Canada

    August 20, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  24. kachoto

    Hahaha!! Dems are going to have a field date with this should he ever run....however, it doesnt sound quite right that he never went throught the immigration process. May be he didnt have to back then but now you have to go through a process to establish your claim to US citizenship...someobe check into that...

    August 20, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  25. GBfromOhio

    How embarrassing for the birthers that this guy who is pandering to them has some REAL citizenship issues whereas President Obama was born in the U.S. and the only reason his status was questioned was because of the color of his skin and his non-traditional name.

    August 20, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
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