Hours after announcing his 2016 presidential bid on Twitter, Texas Senator Ted Cruz launched his campaign with a speech at Liberty University. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hours after announcing his candidacy on Twitter, Texas Senator Ted Cruz gave a speech at Liberty University on Monday to launch his campaign for the White House. Cruz, a conservative firebrand who frequently clashes with leaders of his Republican Party, became the first major figure from either party to jump into the 2016 presidential race. "I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America. And that is why today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States," said Cruz. The senator spoke before a packed audience at the evangelical Christian school in Virginia, giving the Tea Party favorite a head start on what is likely to be a crowded field of Republican White House contenders. Cruz, 44, has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles in his two years in the Senate. As a presidential candidate, he is likely to portray himself as the most reliable proponent of small government.