At 12:09 a.m. on Monday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz officially announced on Twitter that he is running for President in 2016.
“I'm running for president and I hope to earn your support!” the Texas senator wrote alongside a video that contained a short speech announcing his candidacy.
“It's a time for truth, a time to rise to the challenge, just as Americans have always done,” Cruz said in the video.
The clip features Cruz’s voice over scenes of American life including people playing baseball and shots of the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges.
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“I believe in America and her people, and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise," he continued in the video. "It's going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again. And I'm ready to stand with you to lead the fight.”
Cruz is the first major Republican to announce a run for the oval office, though many top GOP politicians are reported to be considering a bid.
Cruz, an “ideological hard-liner” as NPR described, has been an outspoken critic of Democrats as well as the traditional Republican establishment, becoming a popular Tea Party figure since he broke onto the political scene in 2012.
The senator is set to make a formal announcement Virginia’s Liberty University, which claims to be the largest evangelical Christian university in the world. The announcement at Liberty indicates Cruz’s intention to run heavily on social conservatism – a principal that many Republicans have distanced themselves from.
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Polls show that it is unlikely Cruz will win the Republican nomination, with 40 percent of Republicans saying they would not support Cruz for President. The divide amongst Republicans proves that Cruz, though the first in line for the GOP nomination, has a hard fight ahead of him if he wants to win the confidence of his party.