Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has hired lawyers to help him renounce his Canadian citizenship, but he claims it had nothing to do with a 2016 presidential bid.
Cruz has lived in the U.S. since he was four years old. Born to a Cuban father and an American mother, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz was born in Alberta in 1970.
The Tea-Party favorite said he didn’t know he held dual-citizenship until her read a report by the Dallas Morning News in August.
“I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship” with Canada, Cruz said.
The move should be complete some time next year.
“Serving as a U.S. senator, I think it's appropriate that I be only an American,” he told CNN.
Because his mother is American, Cruz is a “natural born” American who is eligible for the presidency. However Cruz says the move is unrelated.
"My political perspective is focused on representing the state of Texas," he said.