Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant More than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State MORE (R-Texas) said Monday that, despite being born in Canada, he is still a natural born citizen by birth and qualified to run for president.
"I was born in Calgary. My parents — as a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth, and it’s been federal law for two centuries, that the child for an American citizen born abroad is a natural citizen by birth, which is what the Constitution requires to run," Cruz said on Fox News's "Hannity."
Real estate businessman Donald Trump said earlier Monday in an interview with My Fox New York that Cruz's Canadian roots would be a "hurdle" for him to overcome.
Cruz announced earlier Monday that he is running for president.
He said he decided to announce his candidacy because, "It’s time to start making the case that we gotta change what we’re doing.
"There is an urgency to what we’re facing in politics that is unlike anything you or I have ever seen before," Cruz said. "I think it’s now or never. I don’t think we’ve reached the point of no return yet — but we’re close.”
He criticized President Obama for not saying the term "radical Islamic terrorism."
“It is a bizarre Orwellian double-speak that this is a president who will not utter the words 'radical Islamic terrorism,' " Cruz said. "When radical Islamists go in with butcher knives to a Kosher deli to murder Jews because of their Jewish faith, it’s not random. It is naked anti-Semitism."