Ted Cruz Could Be First Canadian-Born US President: Here’s Why

Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother.

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So, why doesn't the Canadian-born US senator seem to be worried?

Let’s review:

According to the Constitution, a presidential candidate must be a “natural born citizen” of the United States.

While Cruz received U.S. citizenship through his American mother, he was a Canadian citizen by virtue of his birth, the Dallas Morning News discovered in 2013.

The most recent defense of Cruz’s eligibility came in a recent article in the Harvard Law Review, where two lawyers who worked in the Bush and Obama administrations argued that Cruz’s mother’s citizenship and his father’s status as a U.S. resident covered the Constitution’s requirement.

Cruz vowed to “renounce any Canadian citizenship” following the initial reporting in 2013.

“Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American,” he said in a statement in 2013.

Cruz formally renounced his citizenship in an official "Canadian Renunciation Letter" on May 14, 2014.