[VIDEO] It’s Official: Ted Cruz Announces Run for President!

All through this past weekend the media was filled with reports that Texas Senator Ted Cruz was going to announce his run for the Republican nomination for president. And, sure enough, today he announced that he is in the race!

On Monday morning Cruz made his announcement

Sen. Ted Cruz, the conservative firebrand from Texas, on Monday became the first Republican to announce his campaign for the presidency.

“I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!” Cruz said in his tweet, which kickstarts a crowded Republican field that until now has been going through preliminary motions only. The senator from Texas, who burst into the national limelight with his opposition to Obamacare and his willingness to shut down the federal government, presents a direct challenge to the expected bids of establishment Republicans such as Jeb Bush.

As part of the carefully coordinated media rollout, Cruz announced his candidacy in a 30-second video message posted on Twitter shortly after midnight Monday morning, roughly 24 hours after the Houston Chronicle reported his planned announcement. Cruz amplified his late-night tweet with a speech Monday at Virginia’s Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world, opening with spotlighting biographical stories of Cruz’s parents and his wife, Heidi.

“These are all of our stories,” Cruz told the audience Monday, roaming around the stage to speak to different corners of the crowd. “These are who we are as Americans. And yet for so many Americans, the promise of America seems more and more distant.”

Well, what do you think? Is Cruz a good candidate? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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