In a move that seems to imply an intention to make a bid for president in 2016, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News.
The issue that Cruz seems to be heading off is the Constitutional rule that presidential candidates must be natural born citizens. Cruz’s birth certificate shows that he was born in Calgary, Canada in 1970 to an American mother. His mother’s citizenship made him, under American law, a U.S. citizen at birth—but under question is the possibility that Cruz holds dual citizenship in both Canada and the United States, given that he was born in Calgary.
“Generally speaking, under the Citizenship Act of 1947, those born in Canada were automatically citizens at birth unless their parent was a foreign diplomat,” said a spokeswoman with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Though dual citizenship would not affect his eligibility to run for president, the possibility remains that people may call for Cruz to renounce his Canadian citizenship in his bid for the highest office in the United States. However, Senator Cruz’s office disputes claims that Cruz holds dual citizenship.
“Sen. 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,” said Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz. “To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce.”
The birth certificate release—so reminiscent of President Obama’s similar efforts to clear up questions over his own citizenship status—is just another hint of Cruz’s presidential aspirations. The Tea Party politician has also made visits to early presidential states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.