As you are probably aware, Sen. Ted Cruz is announcing Monday his candidacy for president.
He actually did so at 12:09 pm ET Sunday via Tweet: “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” He’ll make a formal statement this morning at around 10:00 am at Liberty University, a conservative, Christian college in Lynchburg, Va.
An interesting choice of venue, suggesting he is trying to cut into Rand Paul’s natural constituency of students, who often run a little toward the Libertarian. And of course there’s never any problem generating wild enthusiasm on a college campus, as President Obama has proven time and again.
The Associated Press nabbed some photos of Cruz doing a dry run at the college, including a cute photo with his girls and a rehearsal of the Official Campaign Announcement Kiss with his wife.
Being the first to get in will give Cruz a little extra attention from the press, but it won’t otherwise provide much of an advantage over other GOP candidates, who are expected to wade in early next month.
Cruz also unveiled a website and produced a video, which you can see below.
And with that, the preseason is over.