Ted Cruz Predicts 2016 Will Bring ‘The Return Of Freedom To This Country’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped hints during a speech to college-aged activists on Tuesday afternoon that he will run for president in 2016, predicting that conservatives will triumph in the next race for the White House.

“Let me tell you something,” Cruz said. “2016 is going to be the second wave of the return of freedom to this country.”

Cruz made his remarks during a speech Tuesday at a conference sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation. He spoke about how the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan “turned this country around.”

Cruz noted that it has been 50 years since Reagan gave his “A Time For Choosing” speech in support of 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

“As Reagan said in 1964, together we have a rendezvous with destiny,” Cruz said during his remarks at George Washington University. “2014 — mark my words — is going to be a incredible year. We’re going to retake the Senate. And we’re going to retire Harry Reid.”

“And thanks to the passion and leadership of everyone here, 2016 is going to be even better,” Cruz said to applause.

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