Ted Cruz Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign on Twitter

PHOTO: Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Grafton County Republican Committees Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in Lincoln, N.H., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. PlayCaledonian-Record,Paul Hayes/AP Photo
WATCH Ted Cruz Fires Up Crowd About His 2016 Presidential Run

Texas Senator Ted Cruz officially announced his 2016 presidential campaign on Twitter just after midnight Monday, posting a video saying it will require a “new generation” to lead the country.

“It’s a time for truth, a time to rise to the challenge, just as Americans have always done. I believe in America and her people and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise,” the Republican senator says in the video. “It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again and I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight.”

The reference to a “new generation” could be seen as a jab at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who hails from a politically famous family that includes a brother and a father who were presidents.

Cruz, who also launched a new presidential campaign site, will further address his candidacy during a convocation speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia Monday. Ahead of the speech, photos surfaced of Cruz and his family preparing for the announcement day with a walk-through that included a practice kiss between Cruz and his wife.

PHOTO: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, kisses his wife Heidi, during a walk-through for his Monday speech where he will launch his campaign for president at Liberty University on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Lynchburg, Va.Andrew Harnik/AP Photo
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, kisses his wife Heidi, during a walk-through for his Monday speech where he will launch his campaign for president at Liberty University on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Lynchburg, Va.

Cruz, 44, is the first major presidential candidate to officially announce a presidential campaign this year.

Cruz’s video message was sent to his 353,000 followers on Twitter – a social media platform he has embraced since his 2012 Senate campaign that transformed him from a political unknown to a Tea Party star.

In 2011, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich became the first person to ever use Twitter to announce a presidential campaign.