Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, extended a heartwarming welcome to his GOP counterpart, Sen. Rand Paul, who entered the presidential race Tuesday. Cruz was the first to enter the race last month.
Paul announced his candidacy Tuesday on his website. “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” his site said, before he delivered a roughly 30-minute speech in Louisville, Ky.
“I am glad to welcome my friend Rand Paul into the 2016 GOP primary. Rand is a good friend, and we have worked side by side on many issues,” Cruz said in a statement Tuesday.
I respect his talent, his passion, and the work he has done for Kentuckians and Americans in the U.S. Senate. His entry into the race will no doubt raise the bar of competition, help make us all stronger, and ultimately ensure that the GOP nominee is equipped to beat Hillary Clinton and to take back the White House for Republicans in 2016.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is slated to be the third candidate to enter the GOP field later this month after teasing a special announcement while appearing on the Fox News program The Five. “I will announce on April 13 what I’m going to do next in terms of running for president or the U.S. Senate,” Rubio said last month. “I’ll announce something on April 13th, and I hope you all watch.”
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Paul, whose campaign was still nascent at the time of Cruz’s announcement, was not as warm when the Texas Senator announced. “Ted Cruz is a conservative, but it also goes to winnability,” he told Fox News host Megyn Kelly at the time.
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