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. NO CRUZ

    Why didn't his mother come back home and deliver him in US soil if at all she wanted him to be a US citizen? I can smell something fishy in the whole issue.

    August 19, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. freedom

    He's definitely more eligible than the man in the White House right now! People are threatened – that's why this is even attempting to be an issue. Obama still hasn't released all of his credentials – I'm sure many are anti-American. Cruz is a patriot – and brilliant!

    August 19, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Wastrel

    A native-born citizen is one born in the United States. Ted Cruz was not.

    August 19, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Rembrant

    Pablo Cruz:
    I seen the birth certificate. It's a forgery. He done it at Kinkos. He's a stinkin foreigner!

    Deport him!

    August 19, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    Quick question to the RWNJ's......

    Since the only way Obama got into Harvard was affirmative action, since Cruz is of hispanic descent, is that how he got into Harvard also???

    August 19, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Rembrant

    Let the hypocrisy begin!

    August 19, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. User-301

    I want to see his long form Birth Certificate. How can he be a US citizen when he was born in Canada. I want a real American to run an not a Canadian who just finds it easier to live in the US. I wonder will Trump offer him $5000 to show the real deal.

    August 19, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. admiralbrown

    So if we listen to some of the posts here, if my wife and I, both US born to US citizens, were traveling in Europe and she went into labor early and gave birth outside the United States then our child would not be a natural-born US citizen. If that we the case then Sen. John McCain is also not a US born citizen because he was born in Panama.
    Let's make this clear, if one of your parents is a US citizen, you are a US citizen. Anyone born in US soil is a US citizen and anyone whose parent is a US citizen but you are born outside the country can file for your US citizenship.

    August 19, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Reading is Fundamental

    Will your civics class include the part about how American citizens born abroad – even to American parents – aren't eligible to be POTUS unless they were born on a U.S. Military installation or other U.S. government facility?

    August 19, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |

    Not a true statement. A person can be born overseas to one American Parent, on any type of land, and still be eligible for president.

    August 19, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. mike electrician

    Of course this doesn't apply to Cruz, it only applies to our current president, who was born in a U.S. State, and still that isn't good enough for the right!. and John, you don't bury survivors..LOL

    August 19, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Cruz is a Royal Subject

    Cruz is against Obamacare because it is not universal like his homeland.

    He is a natural royal subject, being Canadian born.

    August 19, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Commenter

    The correct process was not followed by the US embassy in Canada, the US embassy obviously issued the birth certificate in error.

    The clear answer is that Ted Cruz is Canadian and should have been naturalized. He must understand that he is living here illegally. I expect him to follow the Tea Party recommendation for all Children brought here illegally by their parents and self deport.

    August 19, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. john

    This guy should quite making noise, he was born in Canada simple, he is not a natural born American. please Post copies of the Canadian birth certificate.

    August 19, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. w l jones

    Do the Canadian birth certicate say he is an American or Cuban Immigrant? Said enough.

    August 19, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Lando

    I don't care if you were born in the moon...you don't care for the poor to have medical insurance...No vote for you.

    August 19, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. OK

    Is Donald Trump going to send his "people" to Calgary to investigate?

    August 19, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC


    By this same logic, Obama would have been eligible to be President even if his American mother had given birth to him in Kenya.
    Yup. What's even worse is that Cruz attended birther-oriented fund raisers in Las Vegas a month or so ago as keynote speaker.

    August 19, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. doughnuts

    There is no controversy, just mockery.

    August 19, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Bo

    It didn't take Cruz three years to release his birth certificate.

    August 19, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Right Wing Conservatism is a Disease

    Ted Cruz is what's wrong with this country.

    August 19, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. JohnRJohnson

    The most dangerous person in Congress.

    August 19, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Prince

    Mr. Trump – help us out here!!!

    August 19, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Lynda Elaine

    A small amount of people still think Obama is not an American citizen? Wonder if this writer has been on FB or any tea party website lately? The crazies out there still think it is a big deal.

    August 19, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Jess Bardinas

    If the GOP will name Ted Cruz as their candidate for president, the Republicans are really in trouble.
    Why not the GOP consult their favourite Donald "Duck" Trump.

    August 19, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |

    Ok, where is D. Trump? I want to hear result. Oh, let me guess, since Cruz is not black, he is more then able to be President even thou he was born in Cananada. Lets hope the left give Cruz the same treatment that was given President Obama. And lets stop sugar coating the fact that the Tea party and the RepubliKKKans are racist and KKK lover. Please enough let call it for what it is.

    August 19, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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