Senator Ted Cruz has become the first Republican to declare himself a presidential candidate for 2016.
Appealing to Christian Conservatives, he announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, calling on “roughly half of born again Christians” to “stand for liberty.”
Cruz began his speech by outlining the situation post-World War II: a daughter of an Irish and Italian Catholic family, working class, becoming the first person in her family to finish college with a degree in Math and a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950’s and 1960’s; a Cuban teenage boy who joined revolution against Batista and then went to America; a little girl in Africa who went back to America and started business during grade school, becoming a successful business woman from then on.
His main point was that these conservatives – who turned out to be his mother, his father and wife – demanded for liberty and succeeded.
“I want to ask each of you to imagine, imagine millions of courageous conservatives all across America rising up together to say in unison ‘we demand our liberty,’” Cruz said.
“Today, roughly half of born again Christians aren’t voting. They’re staying home. Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across American coming out to the polls and voting our values. Today, millions of young people are worried about the future, worried about what the future will hold. Imagine millions of young people coming together and standing together saying ‘we will stand for liberty.'”
Tirade on President Barack Obama
Cruz then launched tirades against legislations penned under the Obama administration: the Obamacare that led to millions of Americans losing their health insurance, the tax code that stifled innovations and burdened the working class, the unconstitutional immigration policies and the undermining of second amendment rights among others. In exchange, he promised healthcare that “keeps government out of the way between” the people and their doctors; a simple flat tax, abolishing the IRS; a legal immigration system that “welcomes and celebrate those who come to achieve the American dream”; the upholding of the sanctity of human life and sanctity of marriage.
“Imagine a federal government that protects the right to keep and bear arms of all law abiding Americans. Instead of a government that seizes your emails and your cell phones, imagine a federal government that protected the privacy rights of every American. Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through common core imagine repealing every word of common core. Imagine embracing school choices the civil rights issue of the next generation. But every single child, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of wealth or zip code, every child in America has a right to a quality education.”
He also criticized Mr. Obama’s decision to boycott Prime Minister Netanhayu, his negotiations in terms of Iran’s nuclear weapon and his stance against “Islamic terrorism.”
He promised to be a president “who stands unapologetically with the nation of Islam,” “who says I will honor the constitution and under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon,” and a president “who says we will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism” and “call it by its name.”
“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation and I believe God isn’t done with America yet. I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why, today, I am announcing that. I am running for President of the United States.”
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Cruz had also announced his bid via Twitter. He had since gained mixed reactions from people, mostly negative.
I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support! pic.twitter.com/0UTqaIoytP
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2015
@tedcruz lost me at ” it’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives”
— Krystal (@Krystalluciaa) March 23, 2015
@tedcruz you’re a joke!
— Bri Tri (@bri_tri2) March 23, 2015
@tedcruz Canadian Running for US Presidency? Have you read the constitution requirements for the presidency?
— Okello Hannington (@HannieOkello) March 23, 2015