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Ted Cruz releases his birth certificate

In an attempt to fend off speculation that he might be ineligible to run for president in 2016 because he was born in Canada, Sen. Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate.

The birth certificate, released to the Dallas Morning News, shows that Cruz was born in Calgary, in Alberta, but immediately received dual citizenship because his mother was a U.S. citizen.

From the Morning News:

Unless the Texas Republican senator formally renounces that citizenship, he will remain a citizen of both countries, legal experts say.

That means he could assert the right to vote in Canada or even run for Parliament. On a lunch break from the U.S. Senate, he could head to the nearby embassy — the one flying a bright red maple leaf flag — pull out his Calgary, Alberta, birth certificate and obtain a passport.

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