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. KC

    Well Peter than why all the fuss about President Obama and his citizenship. His mother is an America so IF the president was born in another country (Kenya or Canada) why would the GOP/Tea party still question his eligibility to be president. Could it have something to do with race?

    Seriously, can the GOP/Tea party be more hypocritical trying to explain their defense of Cruz.

    August 19, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Mr.Howdydoody

    William yates – The "birther" movement wasn't started by the Tea Party. It was started by Hillary Clintons campaign.

    August 19, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Malory Archer


    Obama was born in Kenya, not in the U.S. Just go ask the local Kenyan towns people where he was born as they have all sworn to this fact.


    Riiiiight.... Take the word of some villagers who were paid to stand in front of a camera and read a script over the statements of Hawaiian hospital staff, public records and newspaper archives. Wow. Just... wow.

    August 19, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    anchorite wrote:

    ... ... That's how John McCain did it (he is not a natural born citizen), and even if Obama was born in Kenya, his mother was a US citizen would be entitled to citizenship by parentage just like McCain got. ... ...
    Wrong. In 2008, the GOP had argued that McCain was "natural born" because he was born on U.S. soil, which was a military hospital on a U.S. military base. They had also pointed out that had McCain been born in a local hospital, instead of "on U.S. soil", then he would not be considered "natural born". He would then be of dual citizenship: he would be Panamanian first; and a U.S. naturalized citizen, second.

    August 19, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Mike,Albany

    Wow, maybe this will finally shut up the weak-minded tea party members who STILL claim Obama is ineligible to be the POTUS.

    August 19, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Mike In DSM

    My guess is Ted Cruz never applied to or attended University as a foreign exchange student. That fact should reduce the amount of noise around the question of his citizenship. But it won't

    That said, the tit-for-tat silliness that goes on between and fostered by both parties won't stop. It was wrong to go so overboard on President Obama. Doing it to Ted Cruz won't change that fact.

    Both parties love this kind of thing. Keeps people from paying attention to the really important things things - like why we keep elected members of congress who do nothing. Philosophy is different on both sides. Agree or disagree with the approach, but move forward.

    August 19, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. AR

    Sorry but Cruz is as American as Celine Dion.

    August 19, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Bruno Cruz

    pchelp, Juneau, AK: "I agree with Cruz. Release your birth certificate & if somebody wants to challenge your eligibility let them file a lawsuit. That's what Obama should have done-ignored the whole issue until somebody filed a lawsuit."

    Excuse me, but first of all Obama DID release his legally valid birth certificate from the get-go. No, not the long form version, which was an exercise that NO OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HAS EVER HAD TO GO THROUGH, but his actual legal birth certificate as recognized by the State of Hawaii. Second, President Obama's birth certificate shows that he was born IN THE UNITED STATES. Ted Cruz's birth certificate shows he was born IN CANADA! Obama was born on U.S. soil, Cruz was born on Canadian soil. See the difference? Now even if Obama had been born in Kenya (which he wasn't), how would his situation be any different than Cruz's, who was actually born IN CANADA? Both were born to U.S. citizen mothers, which apparently is all that is required to be considered a natural born U.S. citizen. But somehow Obama was controversial. So what's the difference? Yeah, I know: Canada is mostly white people and Kenyans are mostly black.

    August 19, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Leslie

    I was born in Canada, where they had/have a law called 'once a Canadian, always a Canadian. Thus, I was automatically both an American and Canadian citizen since my parents were both Americans.

    August 19, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. iceload9

    It's more interesting if he is not a Canadian citizen. They don't have the "anchor baby" laws like we do?

    August 19, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. midwestmatt

    Let me get this straight. Obama is born in the U.S. and the Birthers can't accept his citizenship, and then they claim he wasn't born here which makes him "extra" ineligible, but Cruz, a complete whacko, can be born in another country, with a father from a Communist country, and he gets a walk?

    Keep it up, Tea Baggers and fakeriots, we love watching you strangle yourself on your hypocrisy.

    August 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Doug in NYC

    What about his college transcripts? I demand to see them along with his long form Birth Certificate, a Certificate of Live Birth is worthless!! Oh and his Passport, what does his passport say??

    Oh the fun with the the birthers we can have!!!

    August 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. edex

    Although the one giving the punishment was actually born here in the US of A

    August 19, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. SammyZ

    By this logic (if it works the same there) I should be able to run for President of Mexico as my parents were Mexican Citizens but I just happen to be born on US soil.

    That's awesome news as now I can leave this hate filled political hackery that is the US for the warm, corruption free, drug free, Jesus filled warm waters of Mexico. Plus they have oil so it's paradise!

    August 19, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. GreggEsq2000

    He was born in Canada, lived there four years and wasn't a Canadian citizen? That seems like an odd stance to take and probably not the legally correct one either.

    August 19, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. thetruth

    You can have him. We don't want the likes of Cruz or any tea-bagger here in Canada.

    August 19, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. baffledbyyourignorance

    Don't you have to be BORN IN AMERICA in order to run for POTUS? Last time I checked Canada was still a foreign country.
    Is the tea party really going to rally behind this canadian while at the same time denouncing Obamas' citizenship even though he was born in Hawaii? (Yes folks... Hawaii is one of our united states, Canada is not.).

    August 19, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. MarkinFL

    No this will not shut the birthers up any more than it will reduce the racism behind it.

    August 19, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. CW

    Yes, Cruz running for Canadian Parliament would be VERY interesting. Be advised; you can't spend a million dollars there for office.

    August 19, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Jim in Georgia

    OH I hope he runs for president... Please, please, PLEASE let him run.

    August 19, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Cam

    Now that America has had its first black president it is high time for its first Canadian president. As a Canadian I feel that we have been neglected by y'all long enough!

    August 19, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. ColdWarVet

    So whay are Obama's school transcripts off limits? Could it be that he applied for aid claiming to be a foreign student? If this is the case, he committed fraud in applying for aid if he was a non-foreign student. One can only wonder why his transcripts are off limits.

    August 19, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. TimB

    Good Canadian boy!

    August 19, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. David

    The only controversy is why Americans don't understand the law as it pertains to citizenship and naturalization. A person is a natural born citizen if *either* of their parents are a U.S. citizen at the time of their birth. This makes Cruz, Obama, and McCain natural born U.S. citizens no matter where their birth took place. End of story. Good night.

    August 19, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Jason

    Cruzs mother thought santa lived in Canada so she went there but the santa told her ho ho ho

    August 19, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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