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

    He can renounce his Canadian citizenship all he wants, but unless he was born on US territory in Canada (ie Embassy, military base etc) he's not a US citizen at birth, but a naturalized. I know all the Teaborgs will deny this, but Ted Cruz is a Canadian by birth, and a Naturalized US citizen.

    August 20, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  2. Anonymous

    If "Cruz was born in Canada" then how is he a "a U.S. citizen at birth"?

    August 20, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  3. Off Base

    Maybe he can be president and prime minister the same time and unite both countries under one flag!!!

    August 20, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    Ok Birthers, time to question Cruz's legitimacy to run for President, right? Cricket...cricket...

    August 20, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  5. TK

    Would some birther somewhere explain the difference between this guy's claim and their accusation that Obama is unqualified because he was (according to their strange idea) born of an American mother and a non-american father someplace else. Doesn't that make him a "natural born citizen" according to Cruz's position? Oh wait, I forgot. Cruz is white. That must explain it.

    August 20, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  6. glennrobert

    Cruz was born in Canada and wants to run for president.(?) I am sure we Democrats can have a lot of fun with this. After all we have a previous example of how mindless people tried to trash Obama. This should be fun! Turn about is fair play right?

    August 20, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  7. TFED69

    Like Stompin Tom Connors would say:

    Goodbye Jim & Jackie, goodbye John & May (in this case: Ted Cruz)
    We hate to see you leaving, bound for the USA
    But if you don't believe your country should come before yourself
    Ya can better serve your country, by living somewhere else

    So, who needs you Tom??? CERTAINLY NOT US CANADIANS!!!

    August 20, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  8. robert

    Questions birthers?

    August 20, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  9. Traitor Waiter

    Bring on the video of him questioning Obama's citizenship... Or did he sit out that circus act?

    August 20, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  10. Tofer

    Someone enlighten me: I could've sworn only a natural born citizen, or a child who's parents were both citizens (natural born?) were eligible?Even if he is, it amazes me that during Obama's campaign his citizenship was called into question. The man was BORN IN THE COUNTRY, but no. Still spawned the birther movement.

    Now this fella out of the GOP comes along, born in another country, and everything's all good? Oh yes, some fair play there.

    August 20, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  11. Derek

    How the a tables have turned... So Mr Cruz, shouldn't the liberals act with the same disregard in logic towards your citizenship as the birthers did on the right side with Obama? 'Nahh', says Ted, 'don't be a hoser, eh'

    August 20, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  12. couyon

    Canada is way more respected in the world and it is well known that some americans put Canadian flag patches on their backpacks when they are travelling abroad to hide their true nationality

    August 20, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  13. Steve

    Renounce it all you will but being born in Canada blocks you from being president. And don't no one bring up Obama he was born in the USA. The one you all should have cared about not being born here was John McCain.

    August 20, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  14. Keith

    Thanks Ted...We have enough idiot politicians up here already

    August 20, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  15. Mark

    So what? just sounds like posturing.

    August 20, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  16. Melanie

    Too funny. We're supposed to believe he DIDN'T KNOW. I'm not that stupid. But perhaps he is . . .

    August 20, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  17. Jon

    I thought you had to be born in the US or on US territory to be eligible to run for president? Is Canada the 51st state now? I love how republicans will bend the rules for their own benefit but make up entire nonsense to try and say Obama wasn't born in this country. Hypocritical should be the republican moto of choice. Cause most if not all the New Republicans are. I used to admire the old Republican Party. They at least had some honor and were willing to work with their colleagues across the isle. I admire John McCain and Bob Dole, I even liked Bush Sr. But this new breed of republican scares the living hell out of me because most of them follow the same talking points seen on Fixed News. Michele Bachman and her sort will try to set this country back to the days of the Rober Barons and that is a pretty frightening thought...../end rant.!

    August 20, 2013 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  18. Joseph Price

    He wasn't born on American Soil sorry, no Presidential run for you.

    August 20, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  19. longtooth

    Don't believe this two-timing spy. He is an agent of Canada. Canadians are massing along our border, armed with beer bottles and hockey sticks, just waiting for the word from this Trojan Horse to attack and destroy all we hold dear. The only difference between Canada and the evil Russian Empire is the Aleutian Islands. Wake up, people!

    August 20, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  20. Craig

    Let's see if the birthers get upset about this one. While I don't personally care at all, it should be interesting to see how upset they are when presented with FACTS that he actually was, or legally could be, a dual citizen. If they went nuts about the President...where there never was an ounce of evidence this should be a slam dunk!

    August 20, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  21. mind mischief

    Oh Wel,l then he DEFINITELY should be president NOW...(eye roll)

    August 20, 2013 02:26 am at 2:26 am |

    GOOD. Keep your crooked American politicians down south where they can continue to rape the American people of their lives, livelyhood and their dignity.

    August 20, 2013 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  23. snomannn

    I don't believe dumping his dual Canadian Citizenship eligibility is going to solve Cruz's problem...he still doesn't meet the test of what it takes to be "a natural born citizen". Cruz's real dilemma is the fact that, while his mother was a U. S. citizen at the time of the birth, His father, born in Cuba, never became a Citizen of the U. S. until 2005, long after Ted's 1970 birth in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    August 20, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  24. Torch Doddler

    We have a Cuban US Senator? LOL

    August 20, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  25. snomannn

    Because Senator Ted Cruz's father was not a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth, in 1970, I believe he would still be ineligible to run for President in 2016.

    August 20, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
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