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. Andrew

    I think liberals should insist that his birth certificate is fake and should insist on seeing at least 5 different forms that prove he's a citizen, just to keep things even with republicans.

    August 19, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. chicago887

    Get ready, here come all the liberal birthers! And they will be 10 times worse than the Obama birthers!

    August 19, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Kevin

    Given how well the country has been run perhaps the constitution should be rewritten to not only ALLOW foreign-born non-Americans to hold office, but REQUIRE it. Perhaps if you had a couple non-American presidents your country could finally grow up and maybe even get your house in order!

    August 19, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Dondi Cook

    Here we go again,

    So called Constitutional "EXPERTS" ( Seems they are the ones who need an education)

    In order for a child born on foriegn soil to qualify as a natural born citizen of the United States of America, They necessarily must be the child of 2 (TWO) Citizen parents. If only one parent is a legitimate Citizen parent, the child is
    [NATIVE]" Born and unless the Non-citizen parent has established "DOCUMENTED LEGAL RESIDENT ALIEN STATUS" within the boundries of the United States or certain of it's territorial holdings. This legally established resident ALIEN status must have occured prior to the childs birth. A clause once existed that would cause exception should the non-citizen parent Natualise that upon action of the court could at it's discretion grant NBC Status to any children whom at that point had not reached age of majority.

    August 19, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Larry

    To be eligible, you must be born to at least one parent who is a US citizen. That's all...no matter where you were born in the world.

    August 19, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Andrew

    Ted Cruz is a 'Natural Born Citizen' in that in accordance with the Naturalization Act of 1790 (yes 1790) that granted United States citizenship at birth to children born overseas to citizens of the United States. The act states clearly that such children "shall be considered as natural born Citizens". Under this same act, and its successors, Barack Obama is also considered a natural born citizen regardless of his place of birth because his mother was a Unites States citizen.

    August 19, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Rowdylander

    Questioning Cruz's citizenship is as stupid as questioning Obama's. They were both born to American citizens, they are Americans, period. Let's talk about something useful instead of nonsense.

    August 19, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Perry

    But this a non-story as Canada is the 51st state isn't it?

    August 19, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Jay

    For those of you complaining whether Cruz and Obama are US citizens, why not run for office yourselves? Easy to sit on the side lines and whine.

    August 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Mikey

    Funny, I don't remember any of the birther jerks saying that no matter where the President was born, that his mother was an American, therefore he's a citizen. Just shows you that all that crud was about something else, not about President Obama's legal status. Add to that the way Congress has behaved and it speeks volumes about the far right wing. It's not about partiotism, it's about narrow minded, hateful ideology. I know the truth will peeve some people off. Too bad!!!

    August 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Library Kid

    IF having a mother who is an American citizen is good enough to make Senator Cruz a natural-born American citizen even though born outside the US, why is it not good enough for President Obama whose mother was also an American citizen and who was born in our 50th state? Furthermore, WHY has no one in the Democratic Party or in the so-called Liberal Press proposed this as a rebuttal to the birthers after all of these years of fighting over the President's birth certificate?

    August 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. jamesbrummel

    Well the Obama Birthers were making hay over the LOCATION of Obama's birth, not his mothers status as a US citizen, which was never in question (after all she is white, right?).

    So if Cruz was born in Canada, gosh, I guess he can't be a citizen, according to the racist scum that is "birthers". But you see Cruz is whiter than Obama, and Canada is a white country, not like Hawaii or Kenya. so he will get a pass.

    God Bless America.

    August 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. SNAPPA

    Wow, these people have some nerve Cruz claims to be a "natural" citizen simply because he was born to an American woman. I don't care, if he wasn't born IN the United States he is NOT a U.S. citizen in fact he might be an illegal alien at that. What documents does he have when his mother came across the border with him? So why all the garbage about President Obama then? Even if he were born in Kenya like some of these morons claim, like Cruz he would be a "natural" citizen since his mother was an American born in Kansas, right?

    August 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Edwin

    So... Why no outrage by conservatives? Obama was unfit because his mother was a citizen, his father was not, and supposedly he was not born in the U.S. – this guy is exactly the same.

    Oh, wait, he is not the same – he is white.

    August 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Observer

    The hypocrisy of the Republicans is astounding.

    August 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Gamthin

    I love it. After all these years of complaining, the GOP is simply going to roll over and say this guy is fine. Basically, even if the birthers were right (and I'm not saying they were) and Obama was born in another country, he is still a natural born citizen since mom was a citizen. Exactly what I've been saying all along. So Trump, and all of the other birthers, just shut up and go away!

    August 19, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Voter

    Ted did not hire an entire law firm and spend $25 million dollars have every record of his existence sealed. When Obama decided he was a foreign national and applied for a Fullbright scholarship because he had renounced his citizenship to become Indonesian it may have lost him the legal right to be president. At any rate, Obama proves he should not be president and that he hates America with every speech and every action. He is the only president ever elected who did not have any idea how many states comprise the nation he wanted to lead.

    August 19, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Larry L

    I wouldn't vote for Cruz if he was born on the steps of the White House on the Fourth of July. It will be interesting to see if the radical, bigoted right-wing is all that's left of the GOP. They'd vote for Cruz – the hateful ideology he proposes was crafted to gain their favor. In the general election he'd try a flip-flop that would put Romney to shame. Cruz only preaches to the choir. He'd be shocked to see what rational Americans think of him!

    August 19, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Rudy NYC


    If Barack Obama had been born in Kenya he would be a Natural Born Citizen
    Because he has a Kansas Born Mother and Kenyan born Father
    Right! But, Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Under the 14th Amendment, Cruz is a Canadian citizen. But, Cruz is also a naturalized U.S citizen becaue of his parent's citizenship. I suggest to all that you review the right wing's arguments and rationale about John McCain's citizenship during the 2008 race. According to what conservatives said then, Cruz would not be eligible simply because he was not "born on U.S. soil."

    Warning to those on the hyper-right. The left is going to have fun dishing out satirical cynicism on this topic. You'd be wise not to take to too seriously. Although they really do believe Cruz is ineligible, they're going to have their fun parroting the hypocrisy and the birther movement as a whole.

    August 19, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. jamesbrummel


    What you say that? After all liberals never questioned Mccain, in fact Clinton co sponsored legislation waving his requirment. Please explain.

    August 19, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. wallybird1234

    Almost all GOP party leaders, including top dog Trump, have said that a "US-issued birth certificate with raised seal" is mandatory.

    This is the GOPs very own standard, lets see if they adhere to it or suddenly flip flop.

    August 19, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Alina1

    Republican are asking a prove from Liberals that Cruz was born in Canada.. "Yea , try to prove that" said Trump.

    August 19, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Tampa Tim

    According to right wingnuts, Canada is in the US, but Hawaii is not.

    August 19, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. scott

    ted cruz is part of a communist take over of america by fidel castro....isn't it obvious??? the chinese, n koreans, vietmese are part to the plot as well...didnt u all see manchurian candidate????????

    August 19, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. NSR

    So the Tea Party wants our next President to be a Canadian- born Cuban. Were the Soviet Union and North Korea not available?

    August 19, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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