As the US Presidential polls will take place in 2016, Texas senator 44-year-old Ted Cruz became the first candidate to officially confirm his bid for the top race on Monday, March 23, on the micro blogging site Twitter.
"I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!", Cruz said on his official Twitter page.
In a 30-second video message, Cruz said, "I believe in America and her people, and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise."
"It's going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again," the outspoken Cruz said, adding that he was ready "to lead the fight."
Here let's know more about Ted Cruz, the conservative firebrand from the Republican party:
- If the Canadian-born son of a Cuban immigrant Rafael Cruz and American mother, Cruz wins the US Presidential polls 2016, then he would be the first Hispanic in the White House.
- Cruz graduated from Princeton University and then he went on to study Law at Harvard University, where he was known as a 'master debater'.
- In 1950, Cruz became a computer programmer.
- From 1996 to 1997, Cruz was a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
- In 2000, he served as a domestic policy adviser on George W Bush's presidential campaign.
- From 2003 to 2008, Cruz served as the solicitor general of Texas, becoming the youngest person in the nation appointed to such a post.
- In 2012, he was elected as the 34th US Senator from Texas.
- In his two years in the Senate, Cruz has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles.
- Most of the candidates are expected to announce their official nomination in April, Cruz is likely to garner the maximum media attention till then.
- Cruz will have to file a fundraising report in mid-April.
- In 2013, Cruz and other Tea Party lawmakers were called "wacko birds on the right" by John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate.
- Senator from Nevada Harry Reid once called Cruz a "schoolyard bully."
- Cruz has been a critic of US President Barack Obama's immigration and healthcare plans.
- According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Cruz is a proven fundraiser, collecting $18 million for his Senate race and raising a further $2 million to distribute to other candidates.
- On May 14, 2014, Cruz formally renounced his Canadian citizenship.
- On May 21, 2014, Senator Ted Cruz had posted on his Facebook page, "Congratulations to India's "new hope and aspiration" Narendra Modi - Texas and the United States look forward to a long and prosperous friendship."
- Cruz is married to Heidi and the couple has two daughters.
Other Republican aspirants like Rand Paul (Kentucky), Marco Rubio (Florida), Jeb Bush (Florida) and Scott Walker (Wisconsin) are also expected to enter the fray.
I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! pic.twitter.com/0UTqaIoytP— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2015