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

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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. Ibis

    American mothers ... do not go into labor overseas! Get home.

    August 19, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC


    The TeaParty can't have it both ways, even though they will try.
    Oh, they will get away with it. No problem. They just simply won't discuss it....and when they do they will tell you that it has long been established that Cruz is eligible to run for POTUS. That's the whole point of the article in the Texas paper, to establish the argument that Cruz has long been regarded as being eligible. "He's eligible. That's been said so for years."

    August 19, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Greg

    Did someone just cite the Dred Scott decision in defense of their racism? Holy cow.

    August 19, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. asfdlk

    I like how the "Grassroots" Teaparty members have not made a single comment on this article. But not to worry, when the gop think tank comes up with a good response to this they will be all be back saying the same thing in unison over an over again.

    August 19, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Sam

    Too bad (or good :-)...all the commentators have already covered all my gripes about the double standard of GOP...I suppose these "legal experts" came out of the woodworks now, now that a GOPer is thinking about running? Mark my words – these hypocrites people will turn this around and start questioning Obama's mother's citizenship (and thus he would not get the same benefit) as Cruz!

    August 19, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. kirk

    Ahhh, I love the smell of hypocracy in the morning

    August 19, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. humtake

    Does it matter? Everything in America gets expanded on to cater to people who whine and cry about everything.

    August 19, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. klang

    I was born in Australia to a U.S. citizen mother and have been a U.S. citizen all my life, but was always told I could not be president...................This changes everything. Hillary just might have to wait another 8 years

    August 19, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. bob

    The birther movement is ...well...lets simply say narrow minded. "Natural born" is their argument...well lets interpret it in this way to see how logical it is...is Ceasarian section "natural"?...what about induced delivery?...or premature delivery?...are all of these "natural"? Lets not forget "test tube" babies too. Oh, and is ANY form of hospital assisted birth "natural"?

    They need to realize meaning of the word "natural" in a 200+ yr document may not fit the same meaning of the word "today". Get over it.

    If you want to get picky. one could question the citizenship of anyone born outside the original 13 colonies using their logic since only those areas constituted the "United States" at the time.

    August 19, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. William yates

    Ted Cruz will never be President of the USA, nor will he make it through the primary. His narrow vision of the world, our country and the many issues we face are beyond his ability to lead, let alone comprehend. If this is what the GOP intends to parade as a viable candidate and expect us to accept a one way street which is the birther movement, then they must fold up their collective tents and go home. Epic fail, epic stupidity. The current cadre of Republicans attempting a power grab are demonstratively psychotic. Never since the Nixon administration have we seen this level of incompetence buffered by ideological insanity. Listen to this idiot speak for 5 minutes and that's all anyone needs in order to toss him back to the wolves that bore him.

    August 19, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. BigDaddyG

    Is it just me, or is there something odd about the fact that proving your identity at the polls is an onerous form of racism, but to run for office, we demand a birth certificate?? Things that make you go HMMmmm!!!

    August 19, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. twophad

    Knowing, of course, that Hawaii is a province in Kenya...being actually born to an American mother in an American state should not actually affect Obama's citizenship, now should it?

    August 19, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. anonymous

    What are you people talking about? There's no double standard from the GOP's standpoint. He released the info, Obama still has not.

    August 19, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Name Eliza

    You know something, I could care less if his dad was Marvin the Martian and he was born on Mars!! Fix this mess of a country and you can call yourself whatever you want.

    August 19, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Mr. Butters

    "To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce."


    There is a handy little tool on the government of Canada website to see if you area Canadian citizen. Using information from wikipedia I was able to determine, yes he is a Canadian citizen. Who cares if he was only there for 4 years? He is a Canadian citizen

    August 19, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. metre

    @Tony Diamante

    "So, according to the "Tea Party" Canada is o.k. but Hawaii is not? Leave it to the mindless trolls to change the Constitution of the United States when and only when it is convenient to do so."

    But you don't get it! It has NOTHING to do with the "Constitution" or "Canada" vs "Hawaii". It has to do with the idea that an 'educated, liberal, Democrat' and WORSE an 'educated, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, liberal, Democrat' could be elected to the office of President of The United States! As long as the individual is an ultra-right-wing-conservative-"christian"-GOP-Tea-Party-fanatical-extremist then they don't care if s/he is from 'mars' and born of amoebas! They will embrace them and in their minds FIND a way for them to be 'legally' able to hold the office!

    August 19, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. TexaSam


    OK, I believe Ted Cruz's birth cert is real. I believe he was born in Canada. But he lied about when& why his father left Cuba and how his father bribed someone in Canada to bring his family into the USA. Ted's dad is a religious anti-Obama zealot.

    So, based on previous use of anti-Obama theatrics & rhetoric, I guess that makes Ted Cruz the New Manchurian Candidate.

    Gotta love the results of 5 years of ODS, right? LOL

    August 19, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. just asking

    so the lefties have no problem with an illegal coming into this country and popping out a new us citizen (aka anchor baby, which an industry has sprung up around). but if an american citizen happens to be overseas when they go into labor and deliver a baby, their baby is suddenly not an american citizen? hahaha... the lunacy of the left in clear view for all to see!

    August 19, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. daboasie

    He,s not the right person. GOP will fail if they back him for Pres.

    August 19, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Ken in MO

    The birther movement has never been about the Presidents Birth Place. It has always been about his race and the religion of his father....period! The tea party and Republican Bigots can hide it all they want...we all know the truth. Rand Paul is finally being seen for what he is...a closeminded bigot...as is the Tea Party and the "base" of the republican Party. Shameful!!

    August 19, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Scott

    Senator Cruz should have declared his citizenship at the age of 18 like all other dual citizenship children. I served in the military for years and have seen numerous U.S. citizens born overseas. Many do the right thing and declare their citizenship at the proper legal age. I don't think that he, Senator Cruz, should be considered either U.S. or Canadian until he stops straddling the fence. He takes a stand on everything else but this? He's not fit to stay in office.

    August 19, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. jon Obert

    The goofy part is that Obama released his birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii. But that is irrelevant as his MOTHER was a US citizen so if he was born in Hawaii or Hong Kong, he'd still be an American citizen. Just the same as Cruz who was born in Canada. So these looney birthers had it wrong all along, but nothing anyone said would change their attack. But now that its a Republican and a white man, nary a peep. And the father was Cuban so obviously he is a communist, right Conservatives/Tea Party? Hello Conservatives/Tea Party, anyone there? Conservatives/Tea Party just admit you hate Obama because he's a black democrat, and stop being hypocrites.

    August 19, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Jim Quinn

    Turn about I'm told is fair play after all:)

    Pagan jim

    August 19, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Rachel

    Now if only our president would release his real birth certificate.

    August 19, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Joanne

    My father was an American Citizen. My mother was an Italian Citizen. I was born in Italy and came to the U.S. at 2 years old. I cannot run for president. Once my mother became an American Citizen, I had to go through the naturalization process to become a Naturalized Citizen. If Ted Cruz did not, then he is an immigrant from Canada. He is NOT even a Naturalized American Citizen . He can't even vote (true voter fraud???).

    August 19, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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