http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2013/08/19/birther-orly-taitz-ted-cruz-has-basically-the-same-issue-as-obama 'Birther' Orly Taitz: Ted Cruz Has 'Basically the Same Issue as Obama' By Steven Nelson August 19, 2013 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a likely candidate for president in 2016, released his Canadian birth certificate over the weekend, but that's unlikely to end discussion about whether he meets the Constitution's ill-defined standard of natural-born citizenship. "Clearly there is an issue of eligibility," crusading skeptic of President Barack Obama's birth certificate Orly Taitz told U.S. News. "It's basically the same issue as Obama has." Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, in 1970, according to the document. He automatically acquired U.S. citizenship through his American mother, but he also likely gained automatic Canadian citizenship. "He's a Canadian" too, Stephen Green, a past chairman of the Canadian Bar Association's Citizenship and Immigration Section, told the Dallas Morning News. Obama's birthplace was the subject of popular conspiracy theories during his first term. He released his Hawaii birth certificate in April 2011. A poll conducted by Gallup days before the release found just 38 percent of Americans believed Obama was definitely born in the U.S. Cruz, however, showed an interest in not allowing the issue to fester. He did the same thing during his 2012 Senate campaign by openly admitting that his father, Rafael Cruz, fought alongside Communist leader Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution. His father fled the island in 1957, before Castro came to power, and reportedly became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005.