08/22/2013 02:49 EDT | Updated 08/22/2013 04:05 EDT

Canadian-Born Comedian Howie Mandel Says Ted Cruz Is 'Totally Wrong' To Renounce Canadian Citizenship (VIDEO)

Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship doesn't sit well with Canadian-born comedian Howie Mandel.

When Mandel stopped by the HuffPost Live studio to discuss "America's Got Talent" and his new show "Deal With It," host Josh Zepps asked for his thoughts on Cruz's move.

"I think it's totally wrong," Mandel said. "You don't have to renounce it. You can be a dual citizen."

Cruz released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News earlier this week after the newspaper speculated that his Canadian citizenship could render him ineligible for the 2016 presidential election.

"Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship,” Cruz said in a statement. “Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator; I believe I should be only an American.”

See the full interview with Howie Mandel at HuffPost Live HERE.

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