Ted Cruz Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign on Twitter

The Texas Senator made his announcement on social media.

— -- 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.”

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