Cruz In: Ted Cruz First to Announce 2016 Presidential Bid

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Texas senator Ted Cruz is the first candidate from any party to announce he’s in the horse race for the White House.

But Cruz didn’t do it in Houston, or anywhere in Texas. Instead, he chose Lynchburg, Virgina’s Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian university.

Cruz preached to the choir his message of courageous conservatism based on Christian ideals.

“I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America,” Cruz told the crowd.

Cruz came out embracing Israel while swinging at President Obama, who can’t run again.

“Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel.”

Cruz advisers say he wanted to get the jump on other possible GOP contenders, like Kentucky senator Rand Paul who had his own following within the Christian crowd.

Nineteen months to go before we find out whose prayers get answered.