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Sen. Cruz says he'll renounce Canadian citizenship

Published On: Aug 20 2013 10:29:07 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 20 2013 10:29:15 AM CDT
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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."