AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate to reflect that he was born in Canada but says he will renounce citizenship from that country.
Cruz first gave a copy of the document to The Dallas Morning News but then provided it to The Associated Press late Monday.
The tea party favorite has been mentioned as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate — even though only natural born U.S. citizens can hold the office.
Cruz had long maintained that he was a U.S. citizen at birth because his mother is American.
But he issued a statement Monday citing suggestions he may actually hold dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. As a result, he said he would formally renounce his Canadian citizenship.
Cruz added: “Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth.”