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Ted Cruz Announces Candidacy For President

In what seemed like an inevitability, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his candidacy for president in 2016. He’s the first major candidate from either party to announce that they are actually running. If elected, Cruz would become the first Latino president in history. Not that he’s going to get a whole lot of the Latino vote. He’s not exactly popular outside of the evangelical Latinos and the conservative Cubans. Most Latinos see him as a bit of a traitor for his vitriolic anti-immigration stance. An interesting position for someone whose father came from Cuba as a refuge and is himself an immigrant from Canada. Which brings up the issue of how a Canadian can run for U.S. president. Apparently, he can. I’m not exactly sure how since the constitution clearly states that you have to be a natural born U.S. citizen to be president. It has to do with his mom being American and a belief that once you are naturalized you are implicitly able to run. I mean, for years Republicans have said that Barack Obama isn’t eligible to be president because they believe he was born in Kenya, (he wasn’t), but I guess it’s different when it’s your dude. He said in his announcement,

“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet. I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America. 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.”

The truth is that Cruz faces an uphill battle to get the nomination. He isn’t exactly popular with many in his own party that see him as a loose cannon. The stunt in which he shut down the government with his filibustering did not go over well in certain sectors of the Republican party. He’s a fringe candidate that appeals most to Christian evangelicals and far-right wing tea party types. A Jeb Bush or some other more palatable candidate is more likely to get the nod from the GOP. The truth is that many people, myself included, think that Hilary Clinton would mop the floor with Cruz. Also, and this is my opinion here, I’m not sure the Republican party is ready for a Latino presidential candidate. MAYBE as vice president. But given their track record with Latino voters and general xenophobia it seems unlikely.

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