Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement
August 19th, 2013
11:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement

(CNN) – Lest any questions remain about Sen. Ted Cruz's national allegiance, the Texas Republican announced Monday he was renouncing his Canadian citizenship.

Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, and over the weekend he released his birth certificate to put to rest any questions about his background. In an analysis, the Dallas Morning News speculated Cruz – considered a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – was a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.

"Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was 4 and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter," Cruz wrote in his statement.

"Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship. Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship," he continued. "Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth, and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American."

As speculation ramps up about Cruz's political future, some have questioned his eligibility to become president. Most legal experts have said Cruz qualifies as a "natural born citizen," a requirement for the White House job, as stated in the Constitution.

In the Dallas Morning News Sunday, 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 newspaper.

The senator's office, however, said Cruz has never embraced his legal rights in Canada.

"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."

CNN's Jim Acosta, Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (942 Responses)
  1. rasPutin

    Does this mean he can't become Prime Minister of Canada? Oh, wait. Anyone can grow up to be Prime Minister.

    August 20, 2013 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  2. NYVeteran

    Too late ted. You're a Canuck, eh? Hoser. You cant be President now. Tea Party rules, eh? Go back to Texas where you belong. It may as well be Canada, eh?

    August 20, 2013 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  3. David

    What about his Cuban citizenship?

    August 20, 2013 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  4. Nordenfeldt

    I assume the 'Birthers' will be up in arms and screaming about this traitorous Canadian-born Fraud trying to run for President. Being Canadian-born, they will probably claim he's secretly United Church as well.

    Oh wait, he's Republican and white. No they wont.

    August 20, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  5. Rod

    How typically hypocritical the right wing of the Republican Party continues to be. After all, how many months ago were they claiming that President Obama's candidacy was fraudulent due to the fact that his father was a Kenyan British National? They claimed that while knowing full well that he indeed had a Hawaii certificate of live birth.

    August 20, 2013 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  6. james

    It is sad that is on people's minds. What is his stand on anything? His birth has nothing to do with how well he represent this nation.

    August 20, 2013 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  7. anonoymous

    So let me get this straight Cruz was born in Canada and lived their for four years but his father was not an american citizen but his mother was. His family wasnt there because of the military but this makes him a natural born citizen? Funny how the gop can change the rules to fit their agenda. No matter the american people are too smart to put any of them in. We have seen how they have treated Mr Obama and will not cooperate with him. We cant imagine a gop house senate and president all at the same time. SCARY....

    August 20, 2013 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  8. MK

    Thank God. Cruz is not and cannot be a reflection of who Canadians are. Decent, respectful and diverse people. A loud mouth cannot and should not be a Canadian.

    August 20, 2013 05:10 am at 5:10 am |

    Unless he was born on a US military installation or a Embassy, he is a Canadian by birth. He was not born on US soil so he would not be allowd to become president!

    August 20, 2013 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  10. penguin

    A Cruz run for President would be a gift to the Democrats

    August 20, 2013 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  11. bruce

    Keep the Canadian citizenship, and lose the politics. Who needs it.

    August 20, 2013 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  12. Garth

    Canada and US? No real difference unless you are trapped in the Frog section....

    August 20, 2013 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  13. Garth

    it's amazing how much scrutiny is being place on his citizenship when the current president isn't even one...

    August 20, 2013 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  14. Rufus Reefer

    Let's see his birth certificate. This guy is so out there, I am not certain he was born on the planet.

    August 20, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  15. baker boy

    Gimme a break,he was not born in the U.S.A. he was born in Canada,Play and say all the mumbo jumbo you want,he was born in Canada,end of story. His father was also Cuban,not American,therefore Cruz would also be eligible for Cuba citizenship I believe? On another note,after listening to him on various things over past couple of years,the U.S. can have him!!

    August 20, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  16. Jay

    I think this is funny how the Republican so called birthers were after Pres Obama for many years (and in some cases are still talking about it) that he was not born in the USA so did not have the right to be president. Now we have a Republican who admits he was not born in the USA but has an American mother with a Cuban dad so that automatically makes him eligible to be president. Talk about openly blatant double standards. At least Pres Obama gave proof he was born in the USA but the Republicans still say he is not eligible to be a US President.

    August 20, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  17. Rick

    If this was a democrat the GOP would be going ballistic and calling him a communist.

    August 20, 2013 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  18. BobPitt

    Good, he didn't deserved anyway..

    August 20, 2013 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  19. abdc12

    just what we need from Texas.

    August 20, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  20. Cletus

    "Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was 4 and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship."

    Um, how does that work? How does one not born in the US be a US citizen at birth (and not have a US birth certificate) but not be a Canadian citizen at birth even though you were BORN there? You don't need to take affirmative steps to claim citizenship in the country (US or Canada) you were born in. It's automatic. Is he trying to change the rules to suite an agenda?

    August 20, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  21. Coloradan4life

    It is too bad that Cruz did not renounce his U.S. citizenship instead...

    August 20, 2013 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  22. NMACT

    As a Canadian: "Thank you!!!!!"

    August 20, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  23. Bo

    Birthers are so silly.

    August 20, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  24. mike3901

    So where are the birthers on this one. Clearly he was not born in the US. Can anyone prove his mother was a citizen??

    August 20, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  25. Stroller

    This does not answer the questions regarding his father helping found the Cuban communist party, and how we can trust them.

    August 20, 2013 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
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