U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) officially declared his candidacy for president early on Monday via Twitter.
In his tweet announcing he will seek the Republican presidential nomination, the Tea Party favorite wrote, "I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!"
Cruz's tweet included a short video, in which the Texas senator says, "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," he adds. "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 is the first major candidate to officially announce a 2016 presidential run. The senator is set to make his announcement in person at Virginia's Liberty University later today.