'I Hope To Earn Your Support': Ted Cruz Takes To Twitter, Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

| by Jared Keever
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is running for president. 

“I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!” Cruz announced from his Twitter account just after midnight on Monday morning, according to TheBlaze.

The announcement makes him the first candidate to officially throw his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential race. 

Cruz’s tweet included a 30-second video in which he says he “believes in America and her people.”

“We can stand up and restore our promise,” he continues, adding that it will take “a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again.”

NBC News reports Cruz is expected to make an official announcement later in the day Monday from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

According to Fox News, Cruz is expected to launch his campaign immediately following that announcement rather than forming the typical exploratory committee.

As rumors of the senator’s coming announcement spread on Sunday, former Tea Party Express head, Amy Kremer, told The Associated Press that the “Republican pool of candidates will take a quantum leap forward with his announcement tomorrow.” 

The announcement “will excite the base in a way we haven’t seen in years,” she predicted. 

Cruz has been a darling of Tea Party-aligned Republicans since he was elected to the Senate in 2012. 

Perhaps best known for his 2013 speech on the Senate floor to protest the Affordable Care Act, Cruz has made a habit of upsetting so-called establishment Republicans since joining the Senate. 

More recently, in December, he pushed back against party leadership to force a vote on opposing President Obama’s executive actions regarding immigration. The vote was eventually shot down, as expected, by Senate Democrats. 

The failure caused many leading Republicans, including Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, to speak out against Cruz. 

"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,” Hatch said at the time. 

Republican strategist John Feehery echoed the same sentiments when discussing what Cruz’s candidacy would mean for the upcoming presidential race. 

“[Cruz is] awfully good at making promises that he knows the GOP can't keep and pushing for unachievable goals, but he seems very popular with right wing,” Feehery told the AP. 

Many predict Cruz’s announcement for the Republican primary will soon be followed by announcements from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida are also expected to run for the GOP’s nomination.

Sources: TheBlaze, NBC News, Fox News, Yahoo News (AP Story) / Photo Credit: www.cruz.senate.gov