"Born in the USA, he was....not!"

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  1. Tundra Mustang

    Tundra Mustang Moderator
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    With all due apologies to Springsteen for inspiring the thread title, it seems Ted Cruz, US Senator from Texas wants to run for President, and the little matter of his birth in Calgary in 1970 is getting in the way:

    AUSTIN, Texas -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship.
    The Texas Republican and tea party favourite 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.
    Cruz released his birth certificate amid concerns that being born in Canada could derail a possible presidential run by the tea party firebrand.

    The 42-year-old gave a copy of the document to The Dallas Morning News, which posted a picture of it online Monday. It shows Cruz's birth in Calgary, Alberta, on Dec. 22, 1970, while listing his mother, Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson, as having been born in Delaware and his father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, as a native of Cuba.

    Cruz's father was an engineer, and the couple had come to Canada as part of that country's energy boom -- although Cruz would spend most of his formative years in Houston.

    Asked if additional copies of the birth certificate would be made available, Cruz spokesman Sean Rushton said several media outlets had made similar requests and that he was working on them.

    In a statement issued Monday night, Cruz said "the facts of my birth are straightforward: I was born in 1970 in Calgary, Canada. Because my mother was a U.S. citizen, born in Delaware, I was a U.S. citizen by birth. When I was a kid, my Mom told me that I could choose to claim Canadian citizenship if I wanted. I got my U.S. passport in high school.

    "Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was 4 and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter," he added. "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. Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American."

    Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/texas-senator-born-in-calgary-to-renounce-his-canadian-citizenship-1.1418453#ixzz2cX2lVmgp

    If his parentage by an American mother entitles him to US citizenship by birth, what was all the great hue and cry a couple of years back from Cruz's Tea Party pals about Obama's alleged non-citizenship?

    Because irrespective of where Obama was born, the current US President was also the son of an American mother.

    It appears to pose something of an inconsistency of argument for those folks, but, as a matter of convenience, I expect they will nevertheless choose to continue to shelter under it...;)

  2. Barracuda

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    Mar 1, 2013
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    Did you know that BO's mom's first name was Stanley? I didn't.

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