U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stated on Monday that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship. The announcement came after a report by the Dallas Morning News that the Tea Party favorite holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.
"The facts of my birth are straightforward: I was born in 1970 in Calgary, Canada. Because my mother was a U.S. citizen, born in Delaware, I was a U.S. citizen by birth. When I was a kid, my mom told me that I could choose to claim Canadian citizenship if I wanted. I got my U.S. passport in high school," stated Cruz.
"Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was four 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,'' he added. "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. Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American.''
Cruz recently gave a copy of his Canadian birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News. The document lists Cruz’s birthplace as Alberta to a Delaware-born mother and a Cuban-born father. Handing over the certificate added to speculation that Cruz will run for president in 2016 and wishes to avoid a fresh "birther" movement, similar to the one that has dogged President Barack Obama for years—even prompting Obama to produce his own birth certificate in 2011.
In recent months, Cruz has visited Iowa which initiated the feverish chatter that he is weighing a run in 2016. His announcement regarding the renunciation of his Canadian citizenship is a clear indication that he’s aware that some people will question his constitutional eligibility.
The U.S. Constitution states that "No person except a natural born Citizen'' is eligible to be president. Cruz's office has upheld that because his mother was born in the U.S., Cruz became a U.S. citizen at birth, and most experts agree.
Whenever he’s asked about his citizenship, Cruz turns to one clear answer (as he did in a 2012 interview with the Associated Press): "I am a U.S. citizen…I have only ever had one passport: a U.S. passport.''