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Ted Cruz and His Dual Citizen Problem

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addressed his dual citizenship problem by saying he’ll denounce Canadian citizenship.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addressed his dual citizenship problem by saying he’ll denounce Canadian citizenship.

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

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16 Responses to Ted Cruz and His Dual Citizen Problem

  1. fangio August 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    ” The circumstances of Cruz’s birth have fueled a simmering debate over his eligibility to run for president. ” I’m looking for a place in Europe starting tomorrow.

    • spincitysd August 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      You just have to stick around. Watching the final fail of Birtherism is going to be true popcorn fare. I love the smell of crashing and burning #TeaPartyHack (s) in the morning; it smells of #FREEEDOM!

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter August 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm #


  3. Solo August 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    That’s just perfect. After years of lying about President Obama being a Kenyan born socialist who pushed through a government takeover of our healthcare system, who does the Tea Party pick as their new Champion? A guy we know for a fact is foreign born! Tea Party members would be embarrassed if they were capable of embarrassment.

    • fangio August 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Did anyone check to see if it was a ” LONG FORM ” birth certificate.

  4. spincitysd August 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Senator Cruz may have to wait eight months to stop being Canadian

    And he has to prove he’s not a terrorist, and tell Canada why he not in to her any more.

  5. casualobserver August 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I think the Taylor Marsh blog should be the first to make demands for the long form birth certificate.

  6. Taylor Marsh August 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Molly Ivins is right again!

  7. Ga6thDem August 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    This is just too rich. I have to laugh and laugh.

  8. PeggySue August 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Molly Ivins must be rolling around the Great Beyond on this one. Heehawing the whole time. Donald Trump who made the Birth Certificate question his specialty, hemmed and hawed, wiggled around like a big fat worm on questions regarding a Cruz’ POTUS run/eligibility, not to mention the complications of dual citizenship.

    Some people have no shame. Trump and Cruz–poifect together! Hahahaha.

  9. newdealdem1 August 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Oh Ted Cruz we hardly knew ye. I think I just lost one of my ribs from laughing so much.

    These people are truly the immoral minority.

    Did anyone hear what hair/brain challenged Trump had to say? Double speak, anyone? Humina, humina, humina to quote the prototype of Chris Christie, Ralph Kramden.

    This is somewhat off-topic but related in my view so please excuse.

    What also comes to mind regarding Cruz’ dual citizenship is that as a US Senator and as a Canadian citizen, he has access to the best that medal care provides without fear of either going bankrupt or dying for lack of coverage. Yet, this loud mouth son of a bitch would take those rights away from American citizens who have inadequate coverage or absolutely no coverage.

    The ACA is not the gold standard and I’m a proponent of Medicare for All. But, it’s a start which needs to be improved and perhaps will lead to single payer. There is still a lot that is good about ACA which will help Americans who are ill so they don’t have to die in pain or alone or before their time JUST because they cannot afford the cost of coverage which at this time is out of control. (That is why it’s a mistake for Obama to delay some of the plan for Small Businesses until 2015. At this point, he cannot compromise on any issue in ACA until it’s in full swing. Big sigh as Obama reverts to form and gives in unnecessarily.)

    But, Cruz and his ilk (Paul, Lee, Tea Party heartless fools and the rest of the cruel crew including some convervaDems) will continue to peacock-bully their way to power with lies and demagoguery in the guise of a phantom (TM: Hillary Clinton) populism. It’s not an overstatement or hyperbole to fear and do all we can to reveal and stop these contemporary false political messiah’s just as Americans did in the 1950′s during the horrid McCarthy period.

  10. newdealdem1 August 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    I miss Molly Ivans and Ann Richards so damned much. I respected and loved them both. Ivan’s book “Shrub” is a goldmine and has set the standard for political books. I had to read it in spurts as it had me in stitches on almost every damned page.

    Ann Richards is one of my hero’s. Period. I hold her in even higher esteem than Hillary Clinton whom I hold in pretty high esteem.

    Ivan’s imitation of good ole boy and third party candidate (who did very well in the POTUS election), Ross Perot. Just couldn’t resist this link. We are always in need of a good old fashioned guffaw. LOL

  11. newdealdem1 August 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm #


    as written: “he has access to the best that medal care…….”

    should be: “he has access to the best that medical care…….”

  12. dafederalist August 21, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    The irony is just too delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Ramsgate August 21, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Funny, the fact that Obama’s mother was as American as apple pie never stopped the birthers. :-)

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