Ted Cruz is a Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016. Cruz announced the launch of his campaign in a tweet on March 23, 2015. Sixteen senators have been elected president, including Barack Obama.
Cruz, who was born in Canada, has an American mother and a Cuban father; in 2014, he officially renounced his Canadian dual citizenship. “The renunciation became official on May 14, roughly 9 months after he learned he wasn’t only an American,” according to the Dallas Morning News. “The U.S. Constitution requires presidents to be ‘natural born’ citizens, which is commonly believed to include Americans born with the right to citizenship, even if they were not born on American soil specifically,” according to Time.
In recent candidate rankings, Crowdpac ranked Cruz as a 9.5C (C being conservative) on a scale ranging from 10L to 10C, making him the second most conservative Republican presidential candidate. Cruz received a grade of a “B/85” from the Leadership Project for America PAC.