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Ted Cruz Officially Announces Presidential Candidacy04:54

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Republican Senator Ted Cruz got out in front of the pack today and announced he will run for President in 2016.

The junior senator from Texas is beloved by the Tea Party, but lately he’s been as odds with his fellow Senate Republicans.

NPR’s Ron Elving speaks with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about why Cruz made the announcement ahead of his Republican rivals, who his supporters and critics are, and who of the big players may be next to officially announce their candidacy.


This segment aired on March 23, 2015.

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