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Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Christian college

4 years 2 months 2 days ago Monday, March 23 2015 Mar 23, 2015 March 23, 2015 9:31 AM March 23, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Philip Elliott

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has opened the first major campaign of the 2016 presidential season with a kickoff speech courting cultural conservatives.

One of several Republican hopefuls to rise from the tea party movement, Cruz spoke at Liberty University, the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Cruz addressed his religious faith, his father's Cuban roots, and declared: "For so many Americans the promise of America seems more and more distant."

He says his mission is about "reigniting the promise of America."

A familiar stop for presidential hopefuls, the selection of Liberty University is meant as a marker against potential rivals who are also counting on Christian conservatives to fuel their ambitions.

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