Cruz Releases Birth Certificate

AUSTIN (August 19, 2013)--U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released his birth certificate Monday in response to concerns that his birth in Canada could derail a possible presidential run.

The document posted online Monday by The Dallas Morning News showed that the tea party favorite was born in 1970 in Calgary, Alberta.

His mother is American and his father is Cuban.

They were both working in Canada at the time.

Cruz, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last year, has already angered Senate Democrats and some Republicans with his outspokenness.

He has fueled speculation about a White House run by making several visits to Iowa, which will open presidential primary voting ahead of the 2016 election.

Only natural-born American citizens can be president, but Cruz's office has long maintained, though, that because his mother is an American, Cruz became a naturalized citizen at birth.

Technically, however, Cruz is also a citizen of Canada.

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