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. Booger

    Hammer him FOREVER over it. Then hammer him some more.

    August 19, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Realist

    Held to the same standard, this will not go away

    August 19, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Not Too Hard To Understand

    Shoe, meet other foot.

    August 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Anonymous

    He is a Republican, Trump will not say anything against it.

    August 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Bobby

    I’m a staunch conservative , but I don’t believe he meets the criteria of what a US Born citizen is. His mother is an American but she wasn’t serving in any official US business when he was born in Canada. The main reason our forefathers insisted that only the president of the US had to be a US born citizen was to void any type of loyalties to a foreign government. God knows we don’t want any connection to Canada. They have enough problems.

    August 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. jon

    Through this guy out of office – NOW! Let's get a recall election going.

    August 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. John in Brooklyn

    The pile of hypocrisy is so potent it could keep us warm all winter. Where are the birthers now?

    August 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Sen. Cruz should embrace his latin heritage and go by his lagal name of Rafael. Same goes for Gov. Jindal. Sen. Rubio doesn't shy away from the fact that his name is Marco. Nor does the President soesnt shy away from the fact his name is Barack.

    August 19, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Chuck

    It appears that President Barack Obama, having been born in America from an American mother, is more American that Senator Cruz having been born in Canada from an American mother.

    August 19, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. EriktheMauve

    If someone holds duel citizenship, they should have to renounce any foreign ones before running for POTUS here in the States. It's as much a non-issue as Obama's, but I would think that you should hold single citizenship to this country to run for that high level of office.

    August 19, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. The fact of the matter

    ""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," But unless he obtained a certificate of citizenship Canada could claim him as a citizen if they wanted. This happens to dual citizen kids in the ROK all the time – with no certificate of citizenship, males are treated as ROK citizens, subject to mandatory military service – or so the ROK says.

    August 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    DJ in Texas

    @JPmichigan – so Obama's mother was an American citizen (just like Cruz) and father was not (just liike Cruz), so what is different. Cruz's issue would NEVER have come up if the "birther" movement had not started all this BS. If what they say is true, then McCain (born in Panama) and many children of servicemembers who are born over seas couldn't be President.
    McCain was born in the Canal Zone in Panama, which, at the time of his birth, was a full-fledged American Territory, not unlike Guan, Samoa, and Puerto Rico.

    August 19, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Grady

    It's good to see this concern about what constitutes a "natural born citizen". Of course, since Sen. Cruz is a republican he will not have to deal wth continuous questions of his citizenship, which has been a wholly right wing thing.
    There will be no long dragged out X-Files style politcial fantasy fitction about conspiracy theories and other balderdash. The question will be raised, answered and settled.
    The same cannot be said for our current President. This "birther" business will go on for decades.

    August 19, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. kevin fears

    OH but the freakin birthers were all over Obama because of the same damn thing !!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. warcry1975

    Sammie, the answer to your question is because his parents were working for an employer and they were, at the time, working in Canada. It has absolutely nothing to do with the made-up crap you're posting there. Why would you make stuff up just to try and slam someone without, I don't know, doing 3 seconds of Google research?

    August 19, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Joe The Plumber

    He should be investigated by Trump – also check to see if he has links to Islam.

    August 19, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Data Driven

    "Why were his parents in Canada?"

    Interesting question. Perhaps CNN will do their jobs and go find out.

    Oh dear ... coffee on the keyboard.

    August 19, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. smc

    Being a "natural-born citizen" is not the same as just being a US citizen. Someone who was born in Canada and has dual citizenship with Canada is not a "natural-born citizen".

    The whole purpose of the "natural-born citizen" clause was to avoid foreign influence in the highest office of US government. I disagree with recent efforts to loosen this restriction. The clause at the time the founders added it clearly meant people born within US territory.

    This guy isn't a viable Presidential candidate anyhow.

    August 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Betty

    This is crazy. So you happen to go into labor in Canada and all of a sudden you are not eligible ? Crazy. What about all the military children ( I have one of those myself) who have a DEPARTMENT OF STATE. Birth certificate because the
    Arenas were overseas? They are not eligible?

    August 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. California Gary

    I'm waiting for the Fox News folks to start talking about how since his father was Cuban, he must be a "secret Cuban communist" trying to infiltrate our government so he can destroy it from the inside. I'm waiting........still waiting.......still waiting........

    August 19, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. paintpaintpaint

    If the Tea Party doesn't go berserk over this it just PROVES their intent was racist with President Obama. Same deal. American mother – only President Obama was born in Hawaii. Cruz was born in Canada. Was his Dad avoiding the draft?

    August 19, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Shadow22

    Just for satire, I want to form another birther group & protest at all Cruz's appearances. I love all the comments so far.

    August 19, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. paintpaintpaint

    BETTY – no one (in their right mind) is questioning this. But the Tea Partiers apparently hold whites and mixed races people to different standards if they don't flip out over Cruz.

    August 19, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Klarg

    Seems he was naturally born in Canada.

    August 19, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Geo

    I agree with the comments made earlier – President Obama was born in Hawaii to a US Mother and Kenyan Father and the outrage was deafening.

    Cruz was born in Canada to a US Mother and Cuban father, yet I haven't heard one Republican question this.


    August 19, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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