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US senator will renounce Canadian citizenship

August 20, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — 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.

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

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

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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