CALGARY - It’s a document with a Calgary pedigree that’s been raised as an unlikely spoiler in American presidential politics.
The Alberta birth certificate, numbered 332834 and dated the last day of 1970, bears the name of Rafael Edward Cruz -- today considered a leading Republican contender in taking back the White House from the Democrats in 2016.
That Republican Tea Party star Ted Cruz was born in Calgary on Dec. 22, 1970, has sparked another “birther” debate, of whether the Texas senator is eligible to vie for the presidency.
With his birth in Alberta to an American mother, Cruz instantly became a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.
Cruz’s birthplace entanglement comes in the midst of attempts by Republican Tea Party wing’s so-called “birther” movement to discredit Barack Obama’s presidency by raising doubts about his country of origin.
To clear the air and quell the controversy, Cruz last Monday released the lime green-bordered birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News, while vowing to quickly renounce his Canadian citizenship.