Ted Cruz's Live Speech: Presidential Hopeful Plays The 'Jesus' Card - Text 'Imagine' Or 'Constitution' To 33733 [Video]

Paula Mooney

Senator Ted Cruz has made his presidential wishes official, with Cruz's speech streaming live on ABC News and other news outlets as of this writing, with Senator Ted reaching deep into the belief system that he says changed his life and included his parents' belief in Christ. During the speech, Cruz related how his father and mother were drinking way too much alcohol when he was a young boy, and at one point, his dad decided he would leave the family -- deserting his young son and wife. However, being invited to a Bible study changed Cruz's father's life, and convinced him to come back home and not leave Cruz to be raised by a single mother.

"I want to talk to you this morning about reigniting the promise of America."
"Give me liberty, or give me death."
"Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren't voting. They're staying home. Imagine millions of people of faith coming to the polls and voting our values."
"Imagine in 2017 a new president signing into legislation a new law repealing every word of Obamacare."
"Imagine a simple flat tax that lets every American fill out his or her taxes on a post card. Imagine abolishing the IRS."
"That is why today, I am announcing that I'm running for President of the United States."

[Image via ABC News]