LYNCHBURG, Va. — Senator Ted Cruz kicked off the presidential race Monday declaring himself a candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination, setting the stage for a spirited battle among Republicans eager to take back the White House.
Cruz moved around the stage at Liberty University on Monday like poetry being read to inquisitive minds. His passion and sincere speak grabbed the crowds attention. He used catch phrases such as “millions of courageous conservatives,” and “promise of America,” before making the huge announcement:
“And that is why, today, I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.”
Cruz talked about faith and how it affected his life, including his father who left him when he was a child and came back to the family after finding Christ to take responsibility for his family. He looks to want to take up the mantle for religious conservatives.
“There are people who wonder if faith is real. I can tell you in my family there’s not a second of doubt,” he said.
He spoke on the fifth anniversary of Obamacare — legislation that prompted Cruz to stand for more than 21 hours in the Senate to denounce it in a marathon speech that angered GOP establishment Republicans but delighted conservatives and the tea party faithful.
Cheers rose in the hall when Cruz reminded the crowd Monday that Liberty University filed a suit against the law right after its enactment.Cruz, a divisive figure in his own party, is not expected to be the sole GOP contender for long. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and two Senate colleagues, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Florida’s Marco Rubio, are eyeing campaign launches soon.