US: Ted Cruz to announce presidential run

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ed Cruz reportedly will announce on Monday that he will seek the presidency, with a campaign that seeks to energize the party’s Tea Party and socially conservative wings.

The Houston Chronicle, citing unnamed senior advisers with knowledge of his plans, reported late Saturday that Cruz is “done exploring” and will bypass an exploratory committee. The Wall Street Journal on Sunday confirmed that Cruz would announce the following day.

The freshman senator from Texas is set to declare his intentions during a speech at Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell, which bills itself as the world’s largest Christian university. Cruz will become the first Republican to formally announce his candidacy.

Cruz, 44, is just starting the third year of his first Senate term. He is an undisputed leader of the Tea Party movement, known for his brash, uncompromising style and conservative beliefs that take aim at both President Obama as well as his fellow Republicans.

He repeatedly criticizes the “mushy middle” — as reflected by the GOP’s last two presidential nominees Mitt Romney and John McCain — and denounces his fellow Republicans for failing to make bold distinctions with Democrats. “It’s a failed electoral strategy,” Cruz has said.

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