Ted Cruz has announced his presidential campaign in a midnight tweet, becoming the first politician to officially jump into the race.
The Texas senator tweeted a 30-second video early Monday morning announcing he is "ready to stand with you to lead the fight."
I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! pic.twitter.com/0UTqaIoytP— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2015
"It's a time for truth, a time to rise to the challenge just like Americans have always done," Cruz said in the video. "It's going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again."
The video, featuring pastoral landscapes and young students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, marked Cruz's opening pitch to the party.
Cruz released two more videos later Monday morning, including one spot, "Ted Cruz para Presidente" in Spanish. The other is a more formal, slightly longer introduction ad. The spot, just over two minutes long, goes into Cruz's biography as the son of his father, a Cuban immigrant, and his mother, a "pioneer in computer science, smashing glass ceilings at a time when women were discouraged from following their dream." Cruz also called out his "historic battle to defund Obamacare" in 2013, which culminated in a government shutdown.