Tea Party poster boy and right-wing Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz seems to have run into a problem as he considers a bid for the presidency.
He’s a Canadian.
Here’s his birth certificate:
Now, unlike the birthers, I can read. And I see the line that says “Name of Mother Before Marriage: Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson. Her Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.” That means that Ted Cruz is an American. Just like John McCain, who was born in Panama and ran for president as a Republican, and just like Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, who was born in Mexico and sought the presidential nomination in the 1960s as a Republican.
Oh, and Barack Obama — whose birth certificate says his mother was born in Wichita, Kansas, and who, unlike Ted Cruz, John McCain and George Romney was born in the United States (Yes, birthers. Hawaii is a state.) — is an American.
If I had the brain of a birther, I could riff on Ted Cruz’s birth certificate all day.
He was born in Canada! But his dad is from Cuba and they snuck into America through the Canadian border! Is he one of those “terror babies” Louis Gomert is always talking about?
His father is from Cuba! Did his father work with Fidel Castro? Is he a communist?
This birth certificate doesn’t prove anything. It doesn’t say “Ted” anywhere. Who is this Rafael Edward Cruz? Does he speak English?
What’s a geophysical consultant? Is that some kind of “one-world-government” adviser?
But Ted Cruz is an American. If you’re born to an American woman anywhere in the world, and your birth is registered with the American Embassy, you’re an American. That’s all you need. If you’re born anywhere in the world and your father is an American and married to your mother (no matter her nationality), and your birth is registered with the American Embassy, you’re an American. That’s all you need. If you’re born on American soil, and your parents aren’t American, you’re an American. That’s all you need.
But Ted Cruz is Canadian, as well. If you’re born on Canadian soil, you’re a Canadian. So technically, Ted Cruz could run for the Canadian Parliament.
Isn’t the exploding head of a Tea Party birther a sight to behold?
But we won’t see it (from the Washington Post):
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced Monday evening that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship, less than 24 hours after a newspaper pointed out that the Canadian-born senator likely maintains dual citizenship.
“Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship,” Cruz said in a statement. “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.”
Now I’ve seen references to “The Manchurian Candidate” as the Ted Cruz story has developed. But the difference there is that Raymond Shaw was born in America to American parents.
Oh, yeah. And Michele Bachmann is Swiss.
- Ted Cruz To Renounce Canadian Citizenship (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sen. Ted Cruz releases birth certificate (usatoday.com)
- Canada Breathes Sigh Of Relief As Ted Cruz Denies Canadian Citizenship (wonkette.com)
- Will renounce Canadian citizenship… (washingtonpost.com)
- No, Ted Cruz ‘birthers’ are not the same as Obama birthers (washingtonpost.com)
- Ted Cruz Tries to End Citizenship Debate – Wall Street Journal (stream.wsj.com)
- Ted Cruz releases birth certificate – with an eye on 2016? (tv.msnbc.com)
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz releases birth certificate (washingtontimes.com)