AUSTIN (KXAN) - While questions linger over Gov. Rick Perry’s possible presidential aspirations, more people are talking about another Texan possibly running for the White House.
Freshman U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is on a whirlwind tour across the state this week, gaining attention and making headlines like this one. Cruz' American mother gave birth in Canada, and - according to the Dallas Morning News - Cruz' birth certificate proves that he is a dual citizen.
Legal experts say the rising Republican star will remain a citizen of both countries - unless he renounces his tie to Canada. If not, it could pose some problems for a presidential run.
The fact that it is even an issue points to that strong possibility of a race in his future. A recent Public Policy Poll showed him in fifth place with 12 percent among other top-tier Republicans.
He is a fairly new face on the political scene, as the Senate is his first elected post.
"He's still building name recognition against someone like Chris Christie or one of the top tier Republican candidates right now,” said Jim Henson with the Texas Politics Project.
Beyond the New Jersey governor, other big names in the GOP field could be Perry, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the U.S. senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul.
Paul's father - former Congressman Ron Paul - and Perry are two Texans who ran recently but lost. Both have long careers in elected office, but Henson said that is where Cruz might have the advantage - a breath of fresh air for conservatives who do not like the establishment.
"For a wide swath of the Republican electorate, not having been an elected official or not having been associated with government that's not working is actually a plus,” he said.
As ironic as it might be, that “plus” is actually drawing a comparison Cruz might not like. Five years ago, another relative newcomer to the Senate – Barack Obama, the man Cruz opposes so heavily – won the White House.
Another big challenge he will likely face is the conservative question: Is he too far to the right for many in America? Of course, there is also the possibility that Perry might also run again, which throws another Texan into the mix.
That is why this week’s trip home could be very important for Cruz. Monday through Thursday, he will make stops across the state - including a handful in Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown.
He will talk mostly with GOP and conservative groups and business people - possibly about stopping President Obama's health care law from taking full effect.
Perry will travel to California in October to to be a headline speaker at that state's Republican convention.
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