Aug. 20 - After his recent trips to Iowa sparked speculation he may run for president, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz releases his birth certificate showing he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban born father. Sarah Irwin reports.
After his recent trips to the early presidential caucus state of Iowa sparked speculation he may run for president - Texas Senator Ted Cruz releases his birth certificate. This after questions surfaced over his citizenship - based on the fact that he was born in Canada. Cruz - a Tea Party favorite - who was elected to the U.S. senate just last year - was born in Calgary in 1970 to an American mother and a Cuban father. Some legal experts have suggested this means he is a dual citizen of both the U.S. and Canada. In response, Cruz released a statement, saying quote: "...because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter. 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." According to the U.S. Constitution, only naturally born U.S. citizens can serve as president. Some interpret this as the president must be born in the U.S., while others say it includes people who are born abroad to American parents. President Barack Obama also faced intense scrutiny over his eligibility to run the White House. Born to an American mother - and a Kenyan father - Obama released his birth certificate in 2011, as proof he was born in Hawaii.