Ted Cruz Makes It Official On Twitter: He’s Running For President

Ted Cruz is officially running for U.S. president. Early Monday morning, the Texas senator announced he is campaigning for presidency in a Twitter post.

Mr. Cruz is the first Republican presidential candidate to announce he will run for the 2016 presidential election.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s Twitter post at 12:09 AM on Monday says the following.

“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”

Cruz provided a short video in his post, with his added voice-over.

“It’s a time for truth, a time to rise to the challenge just as Americans have always done. It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again. And I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight.”

The 44-year-old Texas senator will formally address his 2016 presidential candidacy when he speaks at Liberty University in Virginia, according to a Fox News report. Cruz will follow his speaking engagement by joining Sean Hannity in a television interview.

The Wall Street Journal‘s coverage of the announcement made by Ted Cruz provided GOP campaign strategist, Kevin Madden’s thoughts on how Ted Cruz could have an impact in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Madden provided the following comment.

“Cruz has the potential to take up quite a bit of space on the right in the conservative primary-within-the-primary. The candidates looking to grab the mantle of being the anti-establishment choice for voters will certainly start to feel pressure to match Cruz step for step and not allow themselves to get out-flanked to their right.”

Ted Cruz claims the Republican Party has lost previous presidential elections because the political party did not choose candidates with conservative views.

In 2014, Sen. Ted Cruz had this to say in a CNBC interview.

“If we run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or Mitt Romney, we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day. If we run another candidate like that, Hillary Clinton will be the next president.”

The Democratic Party is critically of Sen. Ted Cruz with respect to climate change. Mr. Cruz has gone on record to say climate change is not scientifically proven.

In a NBC television interview on Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown remarked on the senator’s point of view.

“That man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data; he has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.”

Republican strategist, Pete Wehner offers his take on Ted Cruz running for U.S. President.

“He thinks he has a formula for energizing conservatives, but he doesn’t have the skill or inclination to reach out to other people. I don’t think he’s got much appeal beyond the core base of the Republican Party.”

This month’s Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll says 40 percent of Americans polled would back Ted Cruz for president.

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