Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement
August 19th, 2013
11:03 PM ET
9 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. JomoDaMusicMan

    If he wasn't ever a citizen of Canada, how could he denounce his citizenship. What Hypocrisy, these Tea Baggin Republitards are so stupid that they think the rest of the world is supposed to just listen to what they say & do without thinking for themselves. Cruz's mother left the U.S. and moved to Canada to live with the father where Cruz was born therefore Cruz immediately became a citizen there. If the mother was on vacation there or was working there or was in U.S. Military stationed there, it would have made a big difference and then Cruz would have been an America Citizen and eligible for the presidency of America, just like McCain who was born in Panama to a Service Member Stationed there and he was called a natural born citizen of U.S. But since Cruz's Mother Moved to Canada, this means that Cruz is not a natural born citizen of U.S. therefore he is ineligible to become President.

    August 20, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Ralph

    He's a Canadian, he can't get around that.

    August 20, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Andres

    This is ridiculous. US is one of the few nations that dont recognize dual citizenship. So, in fact, he would not have US and Canadian citizenship, although Canada would recognize it indeed. Like, my father was born in Spain so I have both US and Spanish citizenship but the US doesn't recognize my EU citizenship, but the EU does.

    I think it is kind of silly the whole matter, but in the end this guy is fried over this whole issue, in my humble opinion.

    August 20, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Snarky MacFee

    So it is okay to be from another country that is considered "predominately white" but heaven forbid your daddy is from an African country then you are not American even if you were born here? Am I getting this implication correct?

    August 20, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Bubba Ray

    But is he still a citizen of Cuba? His father was a commie so that makes him a commie, right? I'm sure the Tea Party will agree with me on this.

    August 20, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Ralph

    He's father was a Cuban who wasn't a US citizen, he was born in Canada so how could he say he could be President of the US

    August 20, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Ted Cruz: "Because Hypocrisy is an Olympic Sport"

    Ted is a nuclear torpedo just released, heading straight toward Battleship Chris Christie. Will the explosion cause that massive ship to sink, or will its bulk prove invaluable and help it stay afloat?

    Stay tuned! Its bound to get ugly.

    August 20, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. ghostwriter

    Seriously......a Harvard Law grad that is unsure of how the law works? Either he's inept or lying. At least that's what conservatives would have said had he been one of the Castro brothers. Not Fidel.

    August 20, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. TAK

    While pretending to be an American all these years, hasn't he been trying to deport kids that were actually born in the US by labeling them anchor babies?

    Isn't it also ironic that the GOP would question the president's eligibility while so many of their own candidates were born elsewhere? Cruz- Canada, McCain- Panama, George Romney- Mexico.

    August 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. jinx9to88

    He would have better luck winning in Canada then he will here in the US!! He doesnt have a prayer here in this great country.

    August 20, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Ben

    Any man that would deny who he is for political gain is NOT to be trusted.

    August 20, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. jinx9to88

    Looks like he submitted the short version of the birth certificate, better get Trump on the phone!!!

    August 20, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Barry

    This is, of course, part of the late Lorne Green's master Canadian Conspiracy: the plan for Canada to take over the United States. First we infiltrated Hollywood with actors and comedians to shape the media. Now the next stage with an Albertan masquerading as a Texas senator, who makes all sorts of wacky statements so folks won't catch on. But Ted Cruz has to learn not to say "Eh." it's a give-a-way, LOL.

    August 20, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Jack in Florida

    Too bad he doesn't renounce his United States Citizenship. Canada must be jumping for joy!!!

    August 20, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. clownpolitics

    This isn't even close to funny. This man can not run. We are being set up as a joke.

    August 20, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Karen in Canada

    Ted Cruz is American. I wonder why this is even reported in the Canadian media. He has no affiliation with Canada except that he was born in Canada, so what? He has not contributed anything to Canada over his adult life. He is an intelligent man but he has not chosen Canada to contribute his talent. In other words, he has completely turned his back on his birth country.

    August 20, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Bridget Cathcart

    I hope with all my heart that he does not dare put one foot over the border into my country. ? What about his sharing the DNA of former citizen of Cuba???? . Where are you Donald Trump Oh, I forgot. Different rules for Republicans Can't the people of the United States find any potential candidates of character and intelligence. This situation is doing nothing to improve the world's opinion of the current state of the culture of the US.

    August 20, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Robert

    It is interesting that Obama has been hounded by the birthers because he was supposedly born in another country regardless of whether he had at least on US citizen as a parent, but apparently, it is OK for Ted Cruz to be born, without question, in Canada to a US mother and a Cuban father. The mind wobbles.

    August 20, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. ritmocojo

    Still, Joseph McCarthy, re-incarnate, will never sit in the White House. And, probably the best news our Canadian friends have had in a long time.

    August 20, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. jinx9to88

    Does anyone watch Faux? How are they handling this issue? I might have to watch Hannity tonight to see.

    August 20, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Gerry Daley

    Sorry. Same rules apply to you, Mr. Cruz. You weren't born here, you have foreign blood...and who's to say that birth certificate hasn't been doctored? How does your constant illogic and hatred feel now?

    August 20, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. bye

    Fine just don't come back for the health care amigo

    August 20, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Say what?

    Cruz won't be elected anyway so why the worry? He will take the GOP down with him in defeat.

    August 20, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Liliom Walker

    Dboudreau: Considering he was running for public office in the US, he should have renounced his Canadian citizenship

    August 20, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Anonymous

    He had one foot in Canada and another in Cuba, that makes him a Canuba citizen.

    It makes Cruz a Socialist Communist. I'm waiting for the Tea Party to catch on to this little sham being played out by the Cruz family.

    August 20, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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