Tonight around midnight there will be some news you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned…
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2015
Anonymous staffers told the Houston Chronicle that Cruz will launch his presidential campaign at Liberty University on Monday, bypassing the exploratory committee process, and becoming the first Republican to officially announce his candidacy.
Liberty University president Jerry Falwell confirmed that Texas Senator Ted Cruz will be speaking at the school’s weekly Convocation on Monday.
“We’re honored that political candidates are now requesting to appear at Liberty,” Falwell said in an article on Liberty University’s website. “We never had that happen years ago — we had to invite them. I think it’s a testament to what Liberty students have accomplished and what they are accomplishing.”
Cruz, the son of a Baptist minister, has joked to Dallas News, “I’m Cuban, Irish and Italian, and yet somehow I ended up Southern Baptist.”
Sen. Cruz will appear on Hannity on Fox News Monday night, following what is likely to be his presidential announcement during Liberty University’s 10:00 a.m. Convocation.