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Monday
Aug192013

Could Ted Cruz Be the First Canadian-American President?

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who may run for president in 2016, was born in Canada and his mother was an U.S. citizen.

Cruz released a copy of his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News over the weekend, proving that he was in fact born in Calgary, Canada, on Dec. 22, 1970. And according to an expert in Canadian law, quoted by the Dallas Morning News, that means “he’s a Canadian.”

But then Cruz, through a spokesman, proceeded to deny that he’s even a Canadian citizen, despite the fact that he was born there.

“Senator 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 told the Dallas Morning News. “To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce.”

Billionaire turned political agitator Donald Trump believes that being born in Canada is a problem for Cruz. When asked whether he thought Cruz was eligible to run for president, Trump told ABC’s Jonathan Karl: “If he was born in Canada, perhaps not. I don’t know the circumstances. I heard somebody told me he was born in Canada. That’s really his thing.”

Trump also doubts whether President Obama, who was born in Hawaii to an American mother, is eligible to be president.

Trump has not yet responded to an ABC News request for comment on the latest revelations.

The conservative think tank Heritage Foundation has already made the case that the child of a U.S. citizen is considered by most constitutional commentators to be eligible for the presidency, regardless of where they were born.

The non-partisan Congressional Research Service made a similar finding.

Liberal columnist Jonathan Capehart made the case today that Cruz should renounce Canada for no other reason than the fact that “it wouldn’t look right.”

Cruz’s office did not respond to an ABC News request for comment about why the senator believes he is not a Canadian citizen.

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