“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.”