Ted Cruz 2016 presidential campaign

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Cruz for President
Cruz Fiorina 2016 campaign logo.svg
CampaignRepublican primaries
U.S. presidential election, 2016
CandidateTed Cruz
U.S. Senator (2013–present)
Carly Fiorina
(Running Mate)
AffiliationRepublican Party
StatusAnnounced March 23, 2015
Suspended May 3, 2016
HeadquartersP.O. Box 25376
Houston, Texas
Key peopleJeff Roe, campaign manager, Jason Johnson , chief strategist
ReceiptsUS$14,349,160 (2015-06-30[1])
SloganCourageous Conservatives,
Reigniting the Promise of America
Cruz for President

The 2016 presidential campaign of Ted Cruz, the junior United States Senator from Texas, was announced through social media and later event at Liberty University on March 23, 2015. Cruz has been seen as a potential candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States since shortly after taking office in 2013.[2]

Background[change | change source]

Leading up the 2016 presidential election cycle, commentators expressed their opinion that Cruz would run for President in 2016.[2][3][4] On March 14, 2013, he gave the keynote speech at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.[5] He tied for 7th place in the 2013 CPAC straw poll on March 16, winning 4% of the votes cast.[6] He performed even more strongly in the 2014 CPAC straw poll, coming in second with 11% behind Kentucky senator Rand Paul.[7] In the 2015 CPAC poll, he came in third with 11.5% behind Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Paul.[8]

On April 27, 2016, Cruz named former GOP candidate and businesswoman Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

On May 3, 2016, after losing the Indiana primaries to Donald Trump, Cruz suspended his campaign.[9]

Campaign[change | change source]

Cruz announced his campaign for the presidency on March 23, 2015, at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, during the student convocation.[10][11] He became the first announced major Republican presidential candidate for the 2016 campaign.[12][13]

In the first few months of the campaign, Cruz held campaign rallies in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[14]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Candidate (P60006111) Summary Reports – 2016 Cycle". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved July 20, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Metzler, Rebekah (September 27, 2013) "Poll: Ted Cruz Leads 2016 GOP Field", U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  3. Cillizza, Chris (September 13, 2013) "Rand Paul, 2016 Republican front-runner", The Washington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  4. Bump, Philip (September 25, 2013) "Ted Cruz's First 2016 Campaign Ad Is Over 21 Hours Long" Archived 2013-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  5. Romano, Lois (March 14, 2013). "CPAC 2013: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul fight for the future of the GOP". Politico. Retrieved March 14, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Montanaro, Domenico (March 16, 2013). "Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll; Rubio close second". NBC News. Retrieved July 21, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "CPAC 2014: The final scorecard". POLITICO. Retrieved 12 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. Ben Schreckinger (February 28, 2015). "Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, with Scott Walker right behind". POLITICO.
  9. Martin Flegenheimer (May 3, 2016). "Ted Cruz Suspends His Campaign For President". Retrieved May 3, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. Martin, Nathan; Maggie Haberman (22 March 2015). "Ted Cruz Hopes Early Campaign Entry Will Focus Voters' Attention". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. "Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Bid". NBC News. March 23, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. Schleifer, Theodore (March 21, 2015). "Ted Cruz to announce presidential bid Monday". Houston Chronicle. Houston, Texas. Retrieved March 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. Corasaniti, Nick & Healy, Patrick (March 23, 2015) - "Ted Cruz Becomes First Major Candidate to Announce Presidential Bid for 2016". The New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  14. Mills, Russell (August 3, 2015). "GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz plans Tulsa rally". krmg.com.[permanent dead link]