Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz confirms plans to run for president in the 2016 election. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his plan to seek the Republican presidential nomination on Twitter early Monday (March 23) morning. The first-term senator Tweeted, "I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!" along with a 30 second campaign ad. He is the first Republican presidential candidate to announce a run for the 2016 election. Cruz, a leading conservative who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, is due to make a speech on Monday at Liberty University in Virginia. Last weekend he was in New Hampshire, a state crucial to presidential aspirants because of its early primary. Also there were other potential candidates: Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida; former Texas governor Rick Perry; and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Cruz has also spent time in Iowa, another key early state. In an interview on MSNBC last week, Cruz said he had been getting "very encouraging" support regarding a presidential run. Cruz would aim to raise between $40 million and $50 million over the course of the primary campaign, the Chronicle reported.