Ted Cruz takes to Twitter to announce his presidential intentions for next year’s elections.
Calling on “a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again,” Senator Ted Cruz released a 30-second video with his late-night tweet before launching his Ted Cruz 2016 website.
In his video, the senator says, “I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight.”
Cruz is the first major candidate to enter the 2016 presidential elections. Many anticipated his announcement would come on Monday during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Unlike others who have announced their intentions, Cruz will start his campaign immediately rather than launch the usual exploratory committee prior to campaigning.
Amy Kremer, the former head of the Tea Party Express, told the Associated Press that the Republican pool of candidates “will take a quantum leap forward” with Cruz’s announcement, adding that it “will excite the base in a way we haven’t seen in years.”
There have been rumors of others running for the GOP nomination including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio.
The 44-year-old dual US-Canadian citizen has made headlines for his conservative stance on immigration, going after other Republicans for their more moderate take on the topic. In December Cruz tried to force a vote to oppose Obama’s policy on immigration. His strategy failed, leading some Republican colleagues to call him out.
“You should have an end goal in sight if you’re going to do these types of things and I don’t see an end goal other than irritating a lot of people,” Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said at the time.