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Sen. Cruz says he'll renounce Canadian citizenship

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), said Monday Aug. 19, 2013, that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship. The Texas Republican and Tea Party favorite announced his plans Monday night in a statement. The move comes in the wake of a report by The Dallas Morning News that Cruz holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.

      Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), said Monday Aug. 19, 2013, that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship. The Texas Republican and Tea Party favorite announced his plans Monday night in a statement. The move comes in the wake of a report by The Dallas Morning News that Cruz holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.
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AUSTIN, Texas -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate to reflect that he was born in Canada but says he will renounce citizenship from that country.

Cruz first gave a copy of the document to The Dallas Morning News but then provided it to The Associated Press late Monday.

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The Tea Party favorite has been mentioned as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate -- even though only natural born U.S. citizens can hold the office.

Cruz had long maintained that he was a U.S. citizen at birth because his mother is American.

But he issued a statement Monday citing suggestions he may actually hold dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. As a result, he said he would formally renounce his Canadian citizenship.

Cruz added: "Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth."

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