Texas Senator Ted Cruz was the first Republican to announce a 2016 GOP presidential candidacy at Liberty University on March 23
“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” Cruz said, as the crown interrupted with applause. “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.”
With his 38-usage of the word “imagine,” Cruz encouraged his audience to see the “promise of America” and understand his political ambitions as a hopeful conservative nominee. He began his announcement with a nine-minute outline, linking the history of his immigrant father and the principles of the United States’ founding fathers, claiming that America’s answer comes not from the White House, but “from men and women, from people of faith, from lovers of liberty, from people who respect the Constitution.”
After his rather lengthy family history, Cruz began to attack the efforts of the Obama Administration, encouraging the audience to imagine a federal government that opposes economic stagnation, deaths of small businesses, support of the IRS and educational mandates.
However, it has been challenged that his comment regarding economic “crushing stagnation” and the record numbers of small-business failure, as being far from accurate. There was also inaccuracy regarding his hopeful attempt to repeal the Common Core, when the federal government has no effect or financial influence on its implementation, according to its standards.
Cruz believes America needs to remove itself from ideals set by the current administration, and suggests implementing a flat tax rate, creating high-paying jobs, refusing Iran nuclear power, defeating the radical Islamic terrorism that exists and staying true to conservative family ideals of upholding the sacrament of marriage and defending life.
Cruz ended his speech and said: “[Liberty] will only come as it has come at every other time of challenge in this country, when the American people stand together and say we will get back to the principles that have made this country great. We will get back and restore that shining city on a hill that is the United States of America.”
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