Less than 24 hours after the Dallas Morning News reported that he likely maintains dual citizenship to the U.S. and Canada, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced Monday evening that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship.
“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 said in a statement.
Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. Credit: AP
Several legal experts apparently determined that Cruz remains a Canadian citizen because his mother gave birth to him in the country and he never renounced it. Cruz claims his mother told him he could claim his Canadian citizenship, though experts say the Texas Republican is a Canadian regardless.
Cruz also took a shot at the media for focusing on his birth certificate instead of the more important issues facing the country.
“Given the raft of stories today about my birth certificate, it must be a slow news day,” Cruz said.
There is some debate over whether he is eligible to serve as president of the United States due to the fact that he was foreign-born. "Most legal scholars say yes, but they also say it’s not 100 percent clear," the Washington Post's Aaron Blake reports.
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