Last night, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) formally announced he’s running for President of the United States.
He addressed Liberty University. (Watch his speech here.)
Below are some of my tweets from his TedTalk at Liberty:
Now, naysayers have suggested that his campaign will be a flop because he doesn’t own the domain TedCruz.com. (He does have ownership of TedCruz.org, however.) Though this is a bit disconcerting, it’s nothing major to worry about. Clarification on this can be found at Twitchy.
Not that my opinion counts for much, but this could be very interesting–in a good way. Without a doubt, Cruz is a viable candidate. He’s smart, he cares about this country, he understands the importance of gauging young people, and he can duke it out on the cultural battlefield. Can he win the primary? Possibly. Regardless of who you may or may not be supporting this early in the race, it’s important for serious contenders to come about and mute passé ideas belonging to those in the party who are out of touch. It’s important for a candidate to unite conservatives and libertarians while espousing our ideas in an articulate manner; they must also champion true limited government in the face of crony capitalism/big government. #DisruptDC #MakeDCListen
What will the senator bring to the table? Below are some points:
1) He’s smart and doesn’t need to read from a teleprompter.
2) He’s a sound conservative and is liberty-minded. (Fiscal, social cons can gravitate to him.)
3) He excites the grassroots.
4) He gets conservative policy and is consistent in the U.S. Senate.
5) He’s not an Obama reincarnate in Republican cloth. (Solicitor General of Texas, anyone? Accomplished lawyer much?)
6) He’s against big government. (See his opinions on Export-Import Bank, subsidies, NSA spying, Common Core, high taxes, bloated government departments, etc.)
7) He can rally conservatives, libertarians, independents behind a banner of faith, freedom, and free enterprise. (Few can actually do this.)
I can list more positive qualities about a Cruz bid for the presidency at a later time. Even if he doesn’t advance too far in the primary – though it’s plausible he could – his presence in the 2016 field will make squishes like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and others squirm. It’ll help narrow down what is expected to be a crowded field.
What do you think about Cruz’s presidential bid? Is it good or bad? Please remain civil in the comments section. Thanks!