Saying "it's now or never," Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News Channel's
Sean Hannity on Monday that he made the official announcement
of his presidential run because "it's time to start making the case. "
Cruz gave his first interview as an official candidate to Hannity, and touched on his key issues of repealing and replacing Obamacare, cutting spending and instituting a "simple flat tax."
"We've got to change what we're doing," Cruz said. "You know, I think there is an urgency to what we're facing in politics that's unlike anything you or I have ever seen before … I don't think we've reached the point of no return yet, but we are close."
On foreign policy, Cruz said the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) should include arming the Kurds as the primary "boots on the ground." He also favors arming Ukraine and keeping U.S. treaty commitments rather than getting into a "shooting war" with Russia.
Aware that not everyone is happy with his candidacy, Cruz said that "when The New York Times says that the Washington elites despise me, my only question is: Do I have to disclose that as an in-kind donation?"
The mainstream media paints Republicans as either stupid or evil, Cruz said, but for him, they've "invented a third caricature: they do anything they can to paint me as a wild-eyed lunatic."
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