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by Sharon Rondeau

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz possessed Canadian citizenship until June 14, 2016, when the government of Canada affirmed that his renouncement application had been approved

(Feb. 19, 2016) — On “Your World” with Neil Cavuto on Friday, former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bob Dole told Cavuto that he is “100% for Jeb Bush” in the 2016 election.

When asked, he detailed why he does not support Sen. Ted Cruz, describing him as “overly ambitious” and “entered the Senate as a Canadian citizen.” (h/t Gateway Pundit)

Dole also said that Cruz had faulted Dole for not being a “right-wing extremist.”

Cavuto did not address Dole’s reference to Cruz’s Canadian citizenship by virtue of his birth in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 22, 1970.  Cruz, in fact, was a Canadian citizen until he applied to renounce the citizenship in May 2014 following a Dallas Morning News article publicizing what it reported as Cruz’s dual citizenship with the U.S.

Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen.”  Cruz now insists that he is a “natural born American.”

Many media outlets have conflated “citizen” with the higher standard of “natural born Citizen” required only of the president and commander-in-chief.

Cruz has not released any documentation showing that he was registered as a U.S. citizen at birth or later in life to a U.S.-citizen mother and Cuban-citizen father, the latter of whom reportedly became a Canadian citizen in 1973.

Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Darragh Cruz, does not speak publicly; she and Rafael Bienvenido Cruz reportedly divorced in 1997.

A lawsuit filed in Illinois challenges Cruz’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president because of his Canadian birth.  A ballot challenge filed by two New York residents will be adjudicated on Tuesday.  Robert Laity, a reader of The Post & Email residing in New York, also filed a challenge naming Cruz, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal as ineligible.

Scholars, writers, pundits and attorneys have both advocated for and contested Cruz’s eligibility by virtue of his birth to a U.S.-citizen parent.

Until The Dallas Morning News’s August 18, 2013 article suggesting that Cruz’s “dual citizenship” could pose a problem should he seek the presidency, Cruz said he did not know he held citizenship in Canada.

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