by William Teach | March 23, 2015 7:36 am
This will make the Establishment GOP very upset. After several days of hearing that Cruz was planning on making a big announcement Monday, he made that announcement
(Politico) The 2016 election officially began with a tweet.
Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, Ted Cruz confirmed on Twitter that he will run for president, making him the first official candidate of the 2016 race and kicking off a season of campaign launches, with several other candidates expected to jump in in coming weeks.
“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” the tweet read, with a link to a slickly-produced 30-second campaign video.
“It’s a time for truth,” Cruz says in the clip, which is paid for by “Cruz for President.” “A time to rise to the challenge, just as Americans have always done. I believe in America and her people, and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise. 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.”
I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! pic.twitter.com/0UTqaIoytP
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2015
The full announcement is scheduled for 10am at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. His campaign website, TedCruz.org, is already live, and includes the tag line “reigniting the promise of America.”
Cruz also relishes his reputation as an uncompromising conservative — in his campaign launch video, he refers to himself as a “courageous conservative.” In his view, the GOP has lost the last two presidential elections because the party has nominated candidates who are too moderate.
“If we nominate another candidate in that same mold, the same voters who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016, and Hillary Clinton is the next president,” he told POLITICO in December, after Jeb Bush announced he was considering a presidential bid.
Mitt Romney was a great choice, IMO, in 2012 to deal with the economy. Unfortunately, his was entirely too squishy for many Conservatives, especially social Conservatives. Expect big opposition from Establishment Republicans. I already see a few, who shall remain unnamed, trashing Cruz, and, in essence, Conservatism. They apparently want another squish, someone who is pretty much Democrat Lite, like Jeb Bush.
While being more of a fiscal conservative than a social conservative, he will appeal to those same socials, and one needs to appeal to the Conservative base during the primaries, especially early on. One also needs to be a great speaker with great ideas, both of which are Cruz allies.
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