Texas Senator and firebrand Republican Ted Cruz on Monday announced his candidacy for the 2016 US presidential election, vowing to “reignite the promise of America”.
“I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America,” the New York Times quoted him as saying.
“Today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States,” Cruz told a cheering group of students at Liberty University in Virginia.
“It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”
With the announcement, Cruz has become the first Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 race.
The 44-year-old has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles in his two years in the US Senate.
He has made enemies in both parties on Capitol Hill even as he has become a hero to the grassroots Tea Party movement, Reuters noted.
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