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NEW YORK, March 22. /TASS/. US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will run for the Republican presidential nomination, the Houston Chronicle reported on Sunday.
Next US presidential election in due in 2016. Cruz is expected to make an official statement on Monday at Virginia at Liberty University. Thus, Cruz, 44, will become the first politician to officially announce his presidential bid.
Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and American mother. In 2014, he renounced his Canadian citizenship. Cruz is the first Hispanic Senator from Texas. He is one of the staunchest critics of President Barack Obama policies, especially in the sphere of healthcare.
Among the Republicans, the highest chances to be nominated for presidency are with Florida Governor Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W. Bush; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee; Congressman Paul Ryan and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
The most probable candidates from the Democratic Party are former State Secretary Hillary Clinton and current Vice-President Joseph Biden.
US President Barack Obama cannot run for presidency again, as he is serving his second term.
In February, US entrepreneur and billionaire Donald Trump told The Washington Post he is "more serious than ever" about running for president in 2016.
"Everybody feels I’m doing this just to have fun or because it’s good for the brand," he told The Washington Post. "Well, it’s not fun. I’m doing this for enjoyment, I’m doing this because the country is in serious trouble," he added.
Trump is famous for his extravagance and self-advertising. In particular, he hosts NBC’s "Celebrity Apprentice."
According to the newspaper, Trump hired staffers in primary states and retained an election attorney. The billionaire intended to participate in 2012 presidential elections, but withdrew his candidacy several months before the primaries, saying he is not ready to leave business.