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Sen. Ted Cruz announces 2016 bid, rallies students at Convocation

March 24, 2015  |  By Drew Menard/Liberty University News Service


Hot off announcing his intent to run for president in 2016, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) rallied more than 11,000 Liberty University students at Convocation on Monday to stand for traditional American values and their faith.

“It is time for truth,” he said to an enthusiastic crowd. “It is a time for liberty, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States. I am honored to stand with each and every one of you courageous conservatives as we come together to reclaim the promise of America, to reclaim the mandate, the hope, and opportunity for our children and our children’s children. We stand together for liberty.”

Cruz first spoke at Liberty Convocation last year, and felt so welcome that he asked President Jerry Falwell if he could kick off his campaign at Liberty. Falwell explained that Liberty does not endorse candidates, but was pleased to welcome the senator to Convocation, “a platform at Liberty where … students are able to hear regularly about public policy issues and ideas from public servants at the highest level.” Falwell said this was a historic moment both for the university and the Lynchburg community.

Falwell praised Cruz for his principles and record of standing for the Constitution, both in the Senate and as the longest-serving Solicitor General in Texas history.

“While many in the Senate bend to the tremendous pressure of compromise, Ted has been one of the few voices fighting to protect the freedoms that our forefathers fought and died to secure,” Falwell said. “It is easy to lead the charge when you have an army at your back … Sen. Cruz dared to stand on principle while only a handful of senators were standing behind him. Ted has gone against the tide, has taken the road less traveled, and has proven himself to be a man of great character.”

In the Senate, Cruz serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on the Judiciary; the Joint Economic Committee; and the Committee on Rules and Administration. Cruz achieved numerous victories before the nation’s highest court as the Solicitor General of Texas. He was the nation’s youngest and the first Hispanic Solicitor General of Texas. His father, Rafael Cruz, a pastor and political activist who spoke at Convocation in 2013, was in attendance, along with his wife and several members of the Cruz family.

Once celebrated by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012” for his grassroots campaign for Senate, Cruz sought to reignite that success as he emboldened the evangelical students to stand for their values, both in their lives and in voting booths.

He began his speech by illustrating the American dream with stories from his own family — his father, a Cuban immigrant who worked his way to success; his mother, the first to attend college in her family and a software innovator in a time when women were discouraged from career aspirations; his wife, a successful businesswoman; and his own struggles to work and pay his way through college.

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