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Ted Cruz will renounce Canadian citizenship

Sen. Ted CruzBeing Canadian? Ain’t nobody got time for that, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Just hours after releasing his Canadian birth certificate, the Texan revealed his plans to renounce his citizenship from the United States’ northern neighbor, as The Dallas Morning News reported.

“Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American,” he said in a statement.

Born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father, Cruz was immediately granted dual citizenship in Canada and the United States — a fact that apparently surprised the Texan.

“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,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier originally told the Morning News on Monday. “To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce.”

Rumors that Cruz might make a run at the White House in 2016 have prompted a slew of ‘birthers’ to question his eligibility for the presidency. The junior Senator from Texas didn’t release his birth certificate to allay those fears, however. He did it simply because a reporter asked for the document.

“A reporter asked for a copy of my birth certificate so we said, ‘Sure,’ and gave it to him,” Cruz said on the ‘Laura Ingraham Show‘ on Monday. “I will admit I find the tizzy in the media a little bit amusing. I mean, I suppose the fact that The New York Times is this hysterical after my only having been in office about eight months — I mean, maybe that’s a sign that we might be doing something right.”

 

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