Grassroots conservatives and Tea Party loyalists rejoice! Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has decided that he will indeed be running for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2016. He made his announcement at just after midnight on Monday, but the news had been slowly leaking out throughout the day on Sunday that he would “officially” be announcing his candidacy in a speech he was giving on Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Go Flames!)
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2015
Cruz will launch a presidential bid outright rather than form an exploratory committee, said senior advisers with direct knowledge of his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made yet. They say he is done exploring and is now ready to become the first Republican presidential candidate.
The senator is scheduled to speak Monday at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University in Virginia, where he is expected to declare his campaign for the presidency.
It’s not really that surprising that Senator Cruz has decided to run; he has long been one of the serious candidates from the GOP for 2016. As much as any other candidate, he has carved out a serious niche of voters among grassroots activists on the right. (Only Rand Paul among right-leaning libertarians and Jeb Bush among the establishment can boast having a ready made constituency.) While not a surprise that he is running, one does wonder if it’s just too early. Cruz is a young first term Senator who seemingly has many years of political activism ahead of him, and America has just suffered through the Presidency of another one-term Senator… voters may not be ready to take a risk like that again.
It seems that questions like that are now moot however, and we’ll now get to see Senator Cruz travelling the country campaigning for support. The question is, will enough of the other conservative voices – Dr. Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee – move out of the way so that Cruz can win the nomination over whoever the establishment candidate is? In recent history this has been part of the problem — we’ve had too many conservatives vying for the nomination and splitting the vote, allowing the one establishment choice to win the nomination with less that 40% of the Party’s support.
It’s no surprise that we’re big fans of Ted Cruz and would be content with a Cruz led White House, so we’re happy to get this news. But there are many others who aren’t so thrilled. On Sunday morning Fox and Friends got Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) to give his reaction to the news that Senator Cruz was launching a Presidential bid.
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