By: Hashim Arain
The race for the 2016 presidential elections officially kicked off last week when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president at Liberty University in Virginia. Cruz is the first well-known name to launch a presidential run, and he has already started making the case to the American people why he should be the next President of The United States.
According to the New York Times, Cruz is seen as a controversial figure around Washington and among his congressional colleagues, the Times also reports that Cruz is seen as an honest truth teller to many conservatives and evangelical Christians. Cruz’s platform is mostly aligned with the Tea Party group, which stands for freedom, limited government, and fiscal conservatism.
According to CNN, Cruz chose Liberty University to launch his presidential bid because the campus is typically known for being socially conservative and that it’ll give him a head start on the evangelical voter bloc, which is a large number of voters in Republican presidential politics. Some see Cruz as being too far to the right on some of the main issues that Americans will focus on in the 2016 election, which will make it hard for him to appeal to moderate voters.
One of the issues that Cruz is a staunch critic on is the Affordable Care Act implemented by the Obama Administration. As CBS News reports, Cruz has been an advocate for repealing the health care law, which made him a controversial figure by some in Washington and some in the public. CBS News also reports that some of Cruz’s potential Republican challengers have been lukewarm to his announcement, especially Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
Ted Cruz’s launch for a presidential bid has only scratched the surface for the 2016 election; there will be plenty of potential candidates from both parties announcing their intentions to run for president in the coming weeks. The general consensus is that Jeb Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush, will be the frontrunner for the Republicans in 2016. The same narrative goes for Hillary Clinton for the Democrats.
I think that Ted Cruz will have a tough time trying to make his way to the Republican nomination, he has to adopt a more moderate stance on the main issues that will be discussed in the election, and then I think he may have a shot at the nomination. I just don’t see that happening with Cruz, because he typically sticks to his brand of being a Tea Party conservative.
It’s going to be interesting to see who’s going to run for the election in the coming weeks, and who will develop rivalries with one another in order to win the hearts and minds of the American public. The fact that Ted Cruz has announced that he’s running for president has sparked a national conversation on his viability as a candidate, and who will join Ted Cruz in the race to the presidency. This is sure to be a long process for the potential candidates, but should be an exciting one as well.