Ted Cruz Made His Announcement, and He is Asking You to Re-Imagine America
Ted Cruz made it official. He is running for president. The Republican senator from Texas announced his candidacy in the 2016 election at Liberty University. As his theme, he asked his audience, over and over again, to “imagine” how American life could change with a conservative president who was committed to conservative positions.
“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation,” Cruz told the crowd of students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. “And I believe God isn’t done with America yet. I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America. And that is why today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States.”
Trying to position himself as the conservative choice for president, Cruz, elected to the Senate in 2012, said: “It is a time for truth. It is a time for liberty. It is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”
Cruz, the first major candidate of either party to announce a White House campaign, first announced his intentions after midnight Monday morning on Twitter. The Republican is skipping the exploratory phase of running for president and jumping right into the race.
“Imagine in 2017, a new president, signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare,” Cruz said.
Senator Cruz asked the crowd to imagine having a president who puts into place a flat tax and does away with the IRS, who supports the Second Amendment, who supports traditional marriage and opposes abortion, who is against Common Core and is a friend to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The candidate told the crown that today, roughly half of born-again Christians do not vote. He asked that they imagine millions of people of faith, from all parts of the country, coming together at the polls and voting their “our values.”