Following his desperate bid to defund the ACA by shutting down the government, Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the focus of intense speculation regarding the 2016 race for the GOP Presidential nomination. However, as it came to light that Cruz who was born in Canada, shares dual citizenship between the two North American nations, controversy stirred over the conservative firebrand’s citizenship status and how such would be received by the highly nationalist elements within the right and the fringe “birthers.”
Perhaps in attempt to assuage these concerns among the America for Americans, ultra nationalist types, or maybe just to give himself some further patriotic zeal with which to thump his chest in the mirror, Cruz has recently revealed that he’s retained legal council to assist in formally denouncing his Canadian citizenship. Following a meeting between Senator Cruz and birther mogul Donald Trump, Cruz said that the issue of his citizenship came up but “not in any significant respect.”
This is unlikely to be how the matter is characterized by many elements within the increasingly fractured right wing, especially those in the “birther” movement, should Cruz pursue whatever Presidential ambitions may be fostering within him. On the website birthers.org, though describing Cruz as a “great man” and “true conservative,” the birthers lay out in no uncertain terms, that he is ineligible to be President as his Canadian birth makes him a citizen under Title 8 of the US Code and not one of natural birth.
The move to renounce his Canadian citizenship, as well as the act of retaining legal council to do so, is fueling speculation that Cruz has plans on a 2016 run for the White House.
With the Republican party largely in shambles as the various competing factions of the Tea Party, the neoconservatives, the Ron and Rand Paul libertarian insurgency and others engage in an ongoing civil war for control of the party’s future, Cruz and the highly divisive notoriety he gained as a result of the government shutdown which he instigated, has served as a curiously effective rallying post for wayward and stranded right wing fringe enthusiasts.
Cruz is expected to meet fierce competition should he throw his hat in the ring, as Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are already well underway positioning themselves as possible primary challengers, with the specter of anything from a Clinton to Warren ticket awaiting the victor, being rumored throughout the left.
Regardless however of either his ambitions or how smoothly his transition to mono-citizenship comes along, it is unlikely that the matters of birth certificates or nationality are likely to be forgotten as time moves forward.
(h/t: Dallas News)