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Is Ted Cruz Canadian and where was he born?


TEXAS senator Ted Cruz has been the subject of many strange questions – from people querying if he is the Zodiac Killer to those googling why he keeps fighting with Seth Rogan on Twitter.

One question that keeps resurfacing is about his nationality. Here is all you need to know about it.

 Ted Cruz supports the death penalty and gun-rights

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Ted Cruz supports the death penalty and gun-rightsCredit: AFP or licensors

How old is Ted Cruz?

Rafael Edward Cruz was born in December 1970 and is 47 years old.

He married Heidi Nelson in May 2001 and they have two daughters, Caroline and Catherine.

The couple met while working on George W Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.

He is seen as being on the right of the Republican party, taking a strong pro-life stance on abortion and has opposed same-sex marriage and civil partnerships.

Cruz supports the death penalty and gun-rights.

He has also taken a hard-line stance on immigration and supported the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

 Ted Cruz with his wife Heidi

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Ted Cruz with his wife HeidiCredit: AFP – Getty

Is Ted Cruz Canadian?

No – not technically. However, Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, in 1970.

He is considered a US citizen because of his mother and having her American citizenship at birth.

His family decided to live in Canada while his father was working for the Canadian oil industry at the time, when Cruz was a baby. They moved to America when he was four. He grew up Texas and later attending Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

His political rivals have in the past used his upbringing in Canada against him in public.

Donal Trump called him: “an anchor baby in Canada” back in 2016.

 

When did he become a US Senator?

He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 and began his first term representing Texas in 2013.

After taking office, he became a leader of the conservative movement in Congress.

In 2018, Cruz kept his seat against Beto O’Rourke in 2018 by 220,000 votes – meaning he will stay as Senator until 2024.

 

 

Has he ran for president before?

In 2016, Cruz ran for president of the United States.

He placed second behind Donald Trump in the Republican primary.

During the race, he became the first Latino candidate to win a presidential caucus or primary.

He ended his campaign in May 2016 after failing to beat Donald Trump in the Indiana Republican primary

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