Ted Cruz apparently just recently realized his has a dual citizenship problem, or at least it’s a problem for some. He says he’s going to renounce his Canadian citizenship (based on the fact that’s where he was born) and so have only his U.S. citizenship, based on the fact of his mother’s U.S. citizenship. His father was born in Cuba. This isn’t a new issue (for some) with Cruz, but it’s making headlines after the Dallas Morning News ran a story on Sunday which included a copy of his birth certificate and pointed out that, whether or not he knew it or likes it, Cruz is both a citizen of the U.S. and Canada.
At first Cruz and his staff appeared to deny that he is a dual citizen. But in a statement just released from his office, he seems to have come around to the fact that he is in fact a dual citizen and says he is willing to renounce his Canadian citizenship … .
And the Washington Post reports:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced Monday evening that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship, less than 24 hours after a newspaper pointed out that the Canadian-born senator likely maintains dual citizenship.
“˜Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship,’ Cruz said in a statement.
“˜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.’
Naturally the “birther” questions related to Obama have come up, though there are obviously some significant differences, primarily in that there isn’t a question Cruz is a U.S. citizen, as the Obama “birthers” still claim regarding the president. As the Dallas Morning News notes,
The circumstances of Cruz’s birth have fueled a simmering debate over his eligibility to run for president. Knowingly or not, dual citizenship is an apparent if inconvenient truth for the tea party firebrand, who shows every sign he’s angling for the White House. …
The U.S. Constitution allows only a “˜natural born’ American citizen to serve as president. Most legal scholars who have studied the question agree that includes an American born overseas to an American parent, such as Cruz.
The Constitution says nothing about would-be presidents born with dual citizenship.
Detractors have derided Cruz as “˜Canadian Ted,’ saying he can’t run for president because he wasn’t born on U.S. soil.
The fact that a Tea Party Republican is forced to respond to questions of birth and citizenship is, I guess, just another indication of the ridiculous turns our “how to choose a president” process can take. Sen. Cruz, however, is not amused. From WaPo: (emphasis added)
Cruz, who released his birth certificate as part of the Morning News story, accused the media of focusing on trivial issues. …
“˜Given the raft of stories today about my birth certificate, it must be a slow news day,’ Cruz said.
Cruz has already made two visits to Iowa, and later this week, is going to New Hampshire. Having to deal with a dual citizenship is definitely not a part of the plan. The removal of the now acknowledged and pesky Canadian citizenship is fairly easily addressed, according to the Dallas Morning News:
The relinquishment process is easy enough. It can take from a few weeks to a year. There’s a four-page form with a $100 fee. Applicants must appear before a special judge to prove they have citizenship elsewhere and aren’t engaged in fraud.
The Texas Tribune includes information about where Cruz is in both the early GOP White House efforts, and more immediately, related to the 2014 Texas primaries.
He won’t be on the ballot, but Ted Cruz will loom large over races in Texas next year.
The freshman U.S. senator’s warm welcome during a recent trip to Iowa has prompted some to designate him a “˜front-runner’ for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. The focus is all the more striking considering that Cruz had never held elected office before handily beating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a summer runoff for the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat last year.
While his ability to garner sustained national interest remains to be seen, Cruz’s sway over the Texas conservative grassroots runs deep. It’s beginning to exert itself on the developing races for next year’s Republican primaries.
Hopefully this won’t be a necessary warning, but I do feel compelled once again to offer this cautionary word from the late Molly Ivins. I think she would find it as appropriate related to Cruz as to George W. Bush, of whom she was speaking: “The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be President of the United States, please pay attention.”
(Ted Cruz Via Ted Cruz Senate.gov)