Following in the footsteps of the man he may like to replace in the White House, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released his birth certificate.
But while Barack Obama's birth certificate showed he was born in Hawaii, the birth certificate released today to the Dallas Morning News shows Rafael Edward Cruz was born on December 22, 1970...in Alberta Canada.
But the birth certificate also shows that Cruz' mother, Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson, was born in Wilmington Delaware, making Cruz a 'natural born citizen' and eligible to run for President of the United States.
Cruz' father, Rafael Bienvenida Cruz, was born in Cuba.
The U.S. Constitution states that only 'Natural Born Citizens' can be President. That has been taken to mean individuals who are citizens of the United States by virtue of their birth, not necessarily implying that they had to be born in the United States. In fact, the first seven U.S. Presidents were born in what was then British territory.
The issue has come up before. John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone when his father, an Admiral in the U.S. Navy, was stationed there. More exotically, George Romney, father of 2012 Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, was born in Mexico, but when he considered running for President in the 1960s scholars agreed that since both of Romney's parents were U.S. citizens, that made him a 'natural born citizen' as well.
Ironically, Cruz is also a Canadian citizen by virtue of being born in Canada. He could conceivably also run for Prime Minister of Canada and could, conceivably, hold the offices of President of the United States and Prime Minister of Canada at the same time.