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Father of Sen. Ted Cruz: send Obama "back to Kenya"

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Rafael Cruz, the father of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, told a Fort Worth audience in 2012 that President Obama needs to be sent "back to Kenya."

The remarks happened at a Sept. 2012 North Texas Tea Party event in Fort Worth, but surfaced on Thursday in a report by Mother Jones.

"We have our work cut out for us. We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago. I'd like to send him back to Kenya, back to Indonesia," Rafael Cruz said to applause.

The comments would seem to make Rafael Cruz a birther, someone who believes Barack Obama is not an American citizen.

The reference to Indonesia in the comments refers to the time Obama spent in the country as young boy.

Rafael Cruz is used by Sen. Cruz at events and was used during his Senate campaign as a surrogate to speak at gatherings and rallies.

"These selective quotes, taken out of context, mischaracterize the substance of Pastor Cruz's message. Like many Americans, he feels America is on the wrong track," said Sen. Cruz' spokesman, adding that Cruz' father didn't speak for Sen. Cruz.

Obama was born in Hawaii and his mother was an American citizen, but released his long-form birth certificate in April 2011 after pressure from conspiracy theorists who believed he wasn't a citizen of the United States.

The comments from Rafael Cruz are notable because of the circumstances of Sen. Cruz' own birth.

Ted Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother, but Rafael Cruz was still a Cuban citizen at the time.

Ted Cruz currently has citizenship in both the United States and Canada, but earlier this year Sen. Cruz said he would renounce his Canadian citizenship.

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