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. Patrick in Wisconsin

    He CAN become President but he won't become President, at least not until he renounces the tea party platform.

    August 19, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. John

    Except, Obama's long form birth certificate was such a poor forgery that even high school kids with adobe acrobat could see all the layers and changes made to it. But the real question for Obama is this, "Why did you accept and spend financial aid for FOREIGN students while pursuing your undergraduate degree?

    August 19, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. carlos

    put him on that space vehicle to mars......case closed hehehehe

    August 19, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. I'm NOT a conservative

    It isn't real until he releases a "long form" birth certificate. When he does that, it will be a fake. It's all a giant conspiracy. He is not a citizen he is Cuban,, blah, blah, blah, I can see all the GOP'ers eyes rolling into the back of their heads about now, realizing how freaking absurd they were about Obama now that the shoe is on the other foot. You know what the difference will be? An elected Democrat will speak up and say.. "Come on people, lets get real and discuss the issues facing the country". Something not a single GOPer did. The GOP "leadership" relished the controversy. They only thing they cared about was opposition not the truth.

    August 19, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. skarphace

    Standard Forms: "the ONLY place I've seen this "controversy" is on CNN – no one else seems to be interested."

    Is that surprising? You thought it would become a Fox News talking point? You are quite naïve.

    August 19, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. James Durie

    He is a citizen of Canada by virtue of the fact he was born on Canadian soil. Canada allows dual citizenship, the US does not. He is a US citizen by virtue of is Mother's citizenship (by blood). His birth may not qualify him as a Natural citizen because he was not born on US soil

    August 19, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Bobby

    Does he spend any time in Texas?

    August 19, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. urbisoler

    I may be wrong but . . . if Ted Cruz is eligible to be President of the US, then Obama could have been born in Kenya to an American mother and still be eligible to run for POTUS. If I am wrong, please explain how!!!

    August 19, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Bruce P

    I believe we expelled him from Canada. The signs were there, even at 4 years old. We don't want him back

    August 19, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. ImVoting4Hillary

    He isn't going to win anyway, especially if Hillary runs.

    August 19, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. fsjunkie

    Typical hypocrite Republicans. Here, there isn't even any disputing that this guy wasn't born in America, but instead in the country where all of our draft dodgers go to avoid the draft.

    August 19, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. wonfish

    The irony of this is just too delicious. I want - demand - birthers to explain why he can be President but not Obama.

    August 19, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. ya rights

    You can really make the argument that Cruz is a latch key baby... From what I hear from him and his daddy makes me ask what the Heck is in the water in Texas, a Canadian preaching to the GOP choir, really? lol God only knows.

    August 19, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Jean Sartre

    Cruz does not qualify because he is psychotic...

    August 19, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. AZ Girl

    Ok. A thought: re Nancy Ruiz's comment about her daughter born in San Juan PR, isn't PR still an American territory? As such doesn't that make her eligible? Im asking, I'm not sure.

    To everyone else regardless of whether he isn't or is eligible because of where he waa born (and sorry you were born there, liv

    August 19, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. AZ Girl

    Hate it when I push the wrong button! My point is, you shouldn't worry about his eligibility based on citizenship, he shouldn't be eligible because he's a few bricks short of a load! There should be a mental competency eligibility.

    August 19, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. LM

    If he was born in Canada to a US mother, she would have had to have gone to the Canadian Embassy (or a consulate) to register his birth for him to have established his US citizenship before physically returning to the US.
    Did this happen? If not, he would have had to establish his citizenship while living in the USA; I'm not sure how that process goes nor whether he has gone through that process.
    Anyone know?

    August 19, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. CBruce

    It's really time we updated the qualifications for office in the US. Where an individual was born or who their parents were has far less relevance than how long they've lived in the US.

    August 19, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. skarphace

    There is something good that is coming from this issue: more and more people are starting to realize the hypocrisy of the Tea Party. Trust me, this is not the only issue that the Tea Party is being hypocritical on. It is merely the tip of the iceberg. The Tea Party was not originally founded on hypocrisy, but as soon as they turned their backs on Ron Paul and the Libertarians for Koch funding and Fox News publicity, the foundation of hypocrisy was built and it stands today.

    August 19, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Zawanda

    Wonder how difficult it would have been for Barack Hussein to have done the same thing...

    August 19, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. Stan the Man

    "The senator's office, however, said Cruz has never embraced his legal rights in Canada, a country that he left when he was four."

    And Canada, along with its citizens. are eternally grateful...

    August 19, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. MrsFizzy

    OK this guy definitely IS born in a different country, Obama was born in Hawaii. Both their mothers are US citizens. What's the difference? People are more "comfortable" with Canada than with Kenya or Indonesia? Or is it Cruz's father was "more white"? And this guy is actually a Canadian citizen!!! Just shut up with your birther nonsense from now on!!

    August 19, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. MrsFizzy

    Well that's not hypocritical AT ALL.

    August 19, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Linda

    Doesn't matter where Cruz was born. He will never be President.

    August 19, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. skarphace

    Finally, more and more people are coming to understand the depth of the hypocrisy of the Tea Party. This will not be the last time their hypocrisy becomes evident for all to see.

    Tea Party = hypocrites to the core.

    August 19, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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