The Opening Play, the Opening Act

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

And so it begins.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the first to officially announce.

The report from Ashley Killough and Jeremy Diamond of CNN:

Ted Cruz is first out the gate.

The first-term senator from Texas announced early Monday he is running for president.

"I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!" ―Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), 22 March 2015, via Twitter.Cruz announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in a 30-second video message in a tweet shortly after midnight Monday. Later in the day, he will appear at Virginia’s Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world, where he will make his in-person declaration.

“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” Cruz said in his tweet.

Yeah.

That Ted Cruz.

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Cruz, Ted. “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support”. Twitter. 22 March 2015.

Killough, Ashley and Jeremy Diamond. “Ted Cruz announces 2016 presidential bid”. CNN. 23 March 2015.

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