GOP's Cruz Tries to Silence Own Birthers
Ted Cruz releases birth certificate and, you guessed it, he's Canadian
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2013 3:28 PM CDT
Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa Aug. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

(Newser) – In an effort to silence the whispers about his presidential eligibility, Ted Cruz released his birth certificate yesterday, and sure enough, he's Canadian. The Texas senator gave the certificate to the Dallas Morning News, which reveals that Cruz was born to an American mother and Cuban father in Canada. His parentage automatically made him a US citizen, which most legal scholars believe is good enough to satisfy the Constitution's "natural born citizen" requirement.

But he could also theoretically run for Canadian parliament, because he's a full citizen there, too—though Cruz isn't acknowledging that. Asked if he'd renounce his dual citizenship, a spokeswoman said, "To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce," according to USA Today. Cruz's political enemies are eager to use his birthplace against him, with some dubbing him "Canadian Ted." It's also not enough for so-called "birther queen" Orly Taitz, who tells US News & World Report that Cruz has "basically the same issue as Obama has." But she applauded him for addressing the issue, and said that if no "honest judge" would rule Obama ineligible, that people might as well vote for Cruz, "because we won't have any rule of law."

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Aug 20, 2013 12:52 PM CDT
Someone needs to ask Cruz how much it cost his parents for medical care for his birth and pediatric visits.
Aug 20, 2013 9:30 AM CDT
I think it's a hoot how Cruz thinks he's eligible to be President because, even though he was born in Canada, his mother was born in Del. so that automatically makes him a U.S. citizen. Funny, he didn't feel that way when Obama's mother was born in Kansas and gave birth to him in the STATE of Hawaii, not the COUNTRY of Hawaii, but that's the difference between Republicans and well, everybody else. Hypocrites!
Aug 20, 2013 8:14 AM CDT
and he's got Orly Taitz endorsing him...what could go wrong with that?