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Cruz on defensive on citizenship

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Goldfield Old Schoolhouse in Goldfield, Iowa January 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Goldfield Old Schoolhouse in Goldfield, Iowa. (REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich)

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Friday defended his American citizenship at a campaign stop in Iowa, pushing back against questions raised by rival Donald Trump, who suggested Cruz’s Canadian birthplace might complicate his White House bid.

“I’ve never been naturalized,” said Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas who is among the front-runners for the party’s nomination. “It was the process of being born that made me a U.S. citizen.”

Cruz is a U.S. citizen by birth because his mother was American, although he was born in Canada.

As Cruz has pulled ahead of the Republican pack in the key early-voting state of Iowa, businessman Donald Trump, who leads Republicans nationally, has stepped up aggressively questioning whether Cruz is a natural-born citizen and calling the senator’s Canadian birth a potential problem for the party.

Cruz spoke at Praise Community Church in Mason City, Iowa, where he is on the fifth day of a six-day bus tour across the state.

Presidents must be “natural-born citizens” under the U.S. Constitution. Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, but his mother was a U.S. citizen, which he says meets the requirements to run.

“The child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen,” Cruz said.

“As a legal matter the question is quite straightforward,” he added.

Cruz cited other similar examples, including Senator John McCain. In the 2008 presidential race, McCain, the Republican nominee, had faced questions on his citizenship because he was born, to American parents, on a military base in the Panama Canal Zone, which was then under U.S. control.


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3 thoughts on “Cruz on defensive on citizenship”

  1. Yes. Cruz is a natural-born (if not native-born) citizen for the same reasons as Obama, even if Obama hadn’t been born in the U.S.: a U.S. citizen mother whose met the criteria (lived in the U.S. for 15 years before the birth and married at the time of the birth) in force at the time Cruz was born.

  2. its trumphs questioning of this that has turned me and many others to support Cruz. I thought Trumph was above petty politics and could read opponents better. quess I was wrong.

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