Ted Cruz: I am (not) Canadian


For millions of people around the world, Canadian citizenship is a sought after prize. Not so much for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, or rather Canadian-born Texas Senator Ted Cruz. For the 43-year-old Republican, his Canadianness presents an embarrassing political stumbling block.

Mr. Cruz has not yet revealed whether he’ll be running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. (Like any self-respecting Canadian, his indecisiveness verges on art.) And technically, because his American mother’s nationality automatically made him an American at birth — he was, ahem, born in Calgary – there’s absolutely nothing in the U.S. Constitution that bars him from seeking the presidency.



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