Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his official candidacy in the 2016 presidential election in a speech delivered March 23, 2015 at Liberty University.
Cruz spent much of the speech retelling details of his parents’ upbringing, marriage troubles and personal faith, as he illustrated the hard-working American who deserves the promise of a positive life ensured by the country’s founding fathers.
“I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America,” Cruz said. “Today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States. It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”
After rallying the support of his young, conservative audience, Cruz went on to tear-down the current economic and political structure of the U.S., revealing his plans to abolish both the Affordable Care Act and the International Revenue Service while speaking poorly of the Obama administration’s handling of the economy.
In his call to “imagine” a better America, Cruz urges listeners to “think just how different the world would be. Imagine instead of economic stagnation, booming economic growth.” Yet, our economy is booming considerably.
He goes on to ask listeners to “imagine innovation thriving on the Internet as government regulators and tax collectors are kept at bay and more and more opportunity is created.” Yet, again, the IRS would be nearly impossible to abolish.
His main appeal lies not in his goals for the future, as they are lofty and unlikely for follow through, but in his conservative Christian beliefs. His adherence to his faith is what Republicans, especially those on the far right, are drawn to.
Cruz’s speech may have left conservatives empowered and liberals disappointed, but with no real facts to support any of his claims, all were left with empty promises – and a lot of knowledge about the Cruz family history.