Senator Ted Cruz Formally Announces Presidential Candidacy
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 23, 2015
Today Senator Ted Cruz formally announced he is running for president. The announcement came at Liberty University a conservative Christian school founded by the late evangelical preacher the Reverend Jerry Falwell.
After an introduction from Jerry Falwell Jr. saying Liberty University was not endorsing any political candidacy Senator Cruz launched into a long speech starting at the biography of his parents and focusing on the role Christianity played in keeping his family together.
Cruz said he wanted conservative Christian voters to join him in fighting for liberty and “restoring the Constitution” and promised that he would repeal Obamacare in its entirety if he was elected president. The speech included a litany of other hot button issues such as gay marriage, gun rights, and government spying on emails.
The theme of the speech was “imagine,” a word Cruz repeated continually throughout the address such as “Imagine a new president repealing every word of Obamacare.” Cruz also invoked the Shining City Upon a Hill phrase used most famously in recent history by President Ronald Reagan multiple times.
Senator Cruz is going to have a difficult time winning the Republican presidential nomination let alone winning the general. He is a polarizing figure within the Republican Party, especially amongst the party establishment who see him as disruptive and irresponsible after he helped force a shutdown of the federal government over Obamacare.
Cruz’s support comes from the conservative “Tea Party” base which he will have to unite convincingly around his candidacy to have any chance of taking on whatever choice the GOP establishment and its high money donors settle on. If Cruz can effectively lock up the base early and soundly win Iowa he could overtake the establishment’s candidate.
But building such an organization is going to take time which is likely why Senator Cruz was the first to announce, he has to get rolling early or his candidacy is over before it begins.