Senator Ted Cruz, R- Texas, met Wednesday with small business leaders in Kerrville to discuss issues they face while at the same time making a push to defund the Affordable Care Act.
“The single biggest job killer here in Texas and nationally is Obamacare,” said Cruz. “We heard one business owner after another say they’re not hiring because they’re trying to stay under 50 employees because of the cost of Obamacare.”
Cruz has held a series of similar events recently, but his mission to battle healthcare reform has been somewhat overshadowed by the recent revelation of his dual citizenship brought to light after the Dallas Morning News requested a copy of Cruz’ birth certificate.
Cruz was born in Canada in 1970 but his mother is a U.S. citizen, giving him both Canadian and U.S. citizenship under the laws of each country.
“This must be the silly season of politics,” he said when questioned about the attention that’s been paid to the issue in the media. “A newspaper asked for my birth certificate so I gave it to them. And it seems its been a slow news week so a lot of outlets ran with it.”
Speculation has been raised about whether Cruz’ dual citizenship could spell trouble for him should he run for President.
When asked about that, Cruz told KSAT 12 that his focus right now is on the U.S. Senate and “defunding Obamacare.”
“I actually think a lot of this nonsense it being driven by people who want to distract from defunding Obamacare,” he said.
Cruz says he plans to file the necessary paperwork to renounce his Canadian citizenship, a process that could take several months.
“I have grown up in Texas all my life, am an American by birth, and as a U.S. Senator I think its only appropriate that I be only an American,” Cruz said.
Following Wednesday’s roundtable, Cruz attended a fundraiser dinner in Kerrville and then returned to Austin where he will meet with technology business leaders and attend the ribbon cutting of a new VA facility Thursday.
Cruz makes his way to Waco later Thursday for an event focused on relief for victims of April’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West.