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. mike

    It does not matter he still belongs to the Republican / Tea Party. And he is one of the leaders of the Bullies,Bigots,and
    Birther's. So sad ! What has happened to the G.O.P. ?

    August 19, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Colorado

    Did anyone ask for this mans birth certificate? Does ANYONE think he has any chance at gettin elected POTUS. Hilarious!!

    August 19, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. ST

    Regardless of legal matters, folks elect a person whom they are comfortable with. Cruz stepped in the Senate with a high buzz, wants to shake everyone and everything, adding with this controversy of Place of Birth, His road to the White House looks very bumpy and not easy to manage and reach there.

    August 19, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Duane Allen

    They better call in Trump, Arpaio and his posse of investigators, along with Jan Brewer, et al to clear the air in this matter; after their contrived and vicious assault on President Obama's citizenship I'm puzzled how Ted Cruz can possibly claim to be a US citizen by birth right: the public record and the article clearly establish that he was born, in fact, on foreign soil – in Canada! US mother/citizen or not, Cruz was born in a foreign country to a woman that is/was married to a foreigner of yet another country. If Cruz can claim citizenship despite being born in a foreign country, I'm puzzled why the debate over Obama's citizenship, when everyone (with a healthy and functioning brain) acknowledges he was born in Hawaii.

    August 19, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Biff Logan

    Come on CNN! How can you not report the hippocracy in the "birther" belief that Obama is not a US citizen. Even if you accept the birther premise that Obama was born outside of the US, according to Cruz, Obama is STILL a citizen because his birth mother was a US citizen.

    August 19, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Darwin

    If Cruz, born in Canada, is eligible, this must mean that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was born in Aurtria, and came to America in his twenties, is eligible to run for President too, right?

    August 19, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. us_1776

    How do you spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y ?


    August 19, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. tara

    Cruz is a Canadian citizen. Full stop. Being Canadian, I wish that connection could be erased. He doesn't see himself as a Canadian, we certainly don't want him to be Canadian, and I'm horrified by the idea that some dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks Tea Partier could ever run for political office here. Not that he would get anywhere.

    August 19, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. gremlinus

    Whenever these debates come up, it's amazing to me how many people don't know that your citizenship can come by being born on US soil or by blood.

    August 19, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Anonymous

    I think it would perfect if he ran as the Republican candidate in 2016. It would be such a landslide win that it would be the final end to the tea party.

    August 19, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. TomNPitt

    He's not an American Citizen – period. He's an unregistered immigrant. Did he ever fill out the paperwork? Did he ever wait in line? why does he think he's better than everybody else?? He's an illegal alien!!

    August 19, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Nik

    Dear Ted,

    Cut this off now before we all lose our minds. We all can't stand birthers in the first place (I think that's a bipartisan stance). Just renounce Canada even if you don't think you should have to and be done with it. Let's judge on policy and not on tin foil hat conspiracy theories.

    August 19, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Ted Cruz - Because Hypocrisy Should Be an Olympic Sport

    Mr Cruz reminds everyone, everywhere and everyday, that the republican party is cheap cesspool of angry, ignorant, hate filled bigots without the least bit of empathy or integrity. (Whether or not that is true, nevertheless, Mr. Cruz is the post child for everything disgusting, hypocritical and filthy in politics today.)

    Ted Cruz for President in 2016! Who's with me?

    August 19, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. everything in Moderation

    I could see if he were born while they were vacationing and it was merely a matter of getting back home, but 4 years is a long time.

    Canada has (rather had) a census. If he born in Canada, then recorded on the census—which probably happened if he only left at 4—he's not a natural-born citizen of the U.S.. At 4 do they make immigrants go through a naturalization process?

    August 19, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    So let me try and get this straight......

    Cruz was born on Canadian soil to an American mother, not an embassy, he resided in Canada for 4 years and never renounced his citizenship and he is qualified to be POTUS.

    President Obama was born on American soil, Hawaii, to an American mother and a Kenyan father, resided in the US his entire life, but his birth was questioned??

    How is a Canadian born person qualified but not one born in Hawaii??

    Too bad the birthers are cowards and won't tell the truth.

    August 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Quamish Uniquwa Loveley .

    Obama is a citizen of Indonesia by adoption , his passport was from Indonesia . America belongs to the world anyway .

    August 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Larry L


    Get ready, here come all the liberal birthers! And they will be 10 times worse than the Obama birthers!
    I disagree. "Liberal" birthers will be simply making fools of the Obama birthers – just because it's fun. It will be all about rubbing their noses in their racism and hate-based conspiracy. Liberals are more interested in doing something about jobs, healthcare, Social Security, immigration, and climate change. These are the things Republicans ignore in favor of promoting mindless conspiracies.

    August 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Data Driven


    "Let's talk about something useful instead of nonsense"

    From your fingertips to CNN'S eyes. I'm sure there are newsworthy political events, even in August, that they could report on.

    August 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Hogan's Goat

    You know, it's fun being a Birther. Let's all hate Ted Cruz. He was born in Cuba, I imagine.

    August 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Alina1

    If Cruz would win (which is as possible at to make stone cry), we would have a Canadian President of the United States.

    August 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. ShawnDH

    b....b.....bbb..but when will he release the REEAAAAL birth certificate? FAKE FAKE! Durrrrrrrrrrr.

    August 19, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. sueb

    Go figure, Obama was born in the US with one parent who was a citizen and one not and many republicans think he is not eligible to be president. Cruz, admittedly was born in a different country with one parent who was a citizen and on not and these same republicans have miraculously had an epiphany and come to the conclusion that Ted is eligible to be president.....oh, the hypocrisy!!!!

    August 19, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. seanster5977

    Obama took 5 years to find his. He needed that long to complete the photoshop work on it.

    August 19, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. edpeters101

    Indeed; Until Donald certifies that Cruz is legal, we have to keep talking about it! Just kidding, Ted is a US citizen and eligible to be elected POTUS. Why anybody would vote for him is another question!!! YMMV

    August 19, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. ritmocojo

    Does it matter where he was born? It's a moot issue since he's as close to the W.H. as he's ever going to get.

    August 19, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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