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Cruz likely to cruise on citizenship issue

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas deserves a break on the question of whether he is an American citizen. He is, and a reasonable electorate would let the question drop.

But the question seems to be picking up momentum. Cruz, who is gearing up for a run at the presidency – the U.S. presidency, just so there are no doubts, because Canada doesn’t have that position – faces questions about whether he’s really an American.

The Texas Republican, a favorite of the tea party movement, was born in Calgary to an American mother born in Delaware, which automatically made him a U.S. citizen, and to a Cuban-born Canadian father, which automatically made him a Canadian.

In theory, if his U.S. presidential run doesn’t work out, Cruz could pick up a new passport at the Canadian Embassy and head north to run for prime minister.

Cruz says he will renounce his right to Canadian citizenship, which entails filling out some paperwork and paying a small fee.

There the matter should rest.

But the large number of “birthers” among Cruz’s tea party followers refused to give President Barack Obama the same break, insisting that he’s a Kenyan Muslim. Now the wing nuts on the other side shout “Canadian! Canadian!” at campaign stops. Surely, that’s the first time the cry has been used as an insult.

Cruz should thank Obama for running interference on the birther issue. But what about those investigators Donald Trump sent to Hawaii two years ago to investigate Obama’s birth and who couldn’t “believe what they’re finding.” Neither could anybody else, apparently.

Will these same investigators be sent to Canada? Cruz is likely safe.

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