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Senator Ted Cruz becomes first GOP to enter 2016 Presidential race

Senator Ted Cruz has become the first Republican to formally announce his campaign for President of the United States. He first announced his campaign at midnight on Sunday on Twitter but formally addressed a crowd at Liberty University declaring his campaign for president. He told the crowd to imagine what the country will be like when he takes office and gave his personal story as a key part of his campaign. Cruz drew on the past only to focus on the future, repeatedly and emphatically asking the Liberty University student audience to “imagine” the U.S. under conservative leadership — laying out his vision for the country and a Cruz presidency.

A favorite of Tea Party activists, Cruz is known for his filibuster-like speech to protest the Affordable Care Act as a government shutdown loomed in 2013. First elected to the Senate in 2012, Cruz previously served as the the solicitor general of Texas. Monday’s address was the finale of a strategically coordinated media rollout, following Senator Cruz’s announcement of his candidacy in a 30-second video message posted on Twitter, nearly 24 hours after the Houston Chronicle reported his planned announcement. Read more at


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