Sen. Cruz formally renounces Canadian citizenship

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz address delegates at the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth, Texas Friday, June 6, 2014. Cruz has fired up the Texas Republican Convention, promising to lead a conservative revolution unseen since the days of Ronald Reagan. The tea party favorite is a possible 2016 presidential candidate, and seemed like one during his speech Friday before thousands of adoring delegates who gave him numerous standing ovations. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz address delegates at the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth, Texas Friday, June 6, 2014. Cruz has fired up the Texas Republican Convention, promising to lead a conservative revolution unseen since the days of Ronald Reagan. The tea party favorite is a possible 2016 presidential candidate, and seemed like one during his speech Friday before thousands of adoring delegates who gave him numerous standing ovations. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

AUSTIN (AP) — Canada-born U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has renounced his birth country’s citizenship, making good on his promise to do so from last summer.

Spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said the tea party favorite formally gave up his citizenship May 14 — and officially received confirmation of the action at his Houston home on Tuesday.

Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada, in 1970. The possible 2016 presidential candidate says the fact that his mother is American makes him eligible for the White House.

The story was first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper also broke that Cruz had dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship when he released his birth certificate in August.

Frazier said Cruz “is pleased to have the process finalized” and that it “makes sense he should be only an American citizen.”

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