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Ted Cruz seeks to enlist U.S. Christians for 2016 White House bid

U.S. Senator Cruz stands with family after confirming his candidacy for president in Lynchburg, VirginiaBy Gary Robertson LYNCHBURG, Va. (Reuters) – Casting himself as the leader of a grassroots army, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz made an explicit appeal to Christian conservatives on Monday as he became the first major figure to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Cruz’s unyielding tactics in Washington have made him a hero to many on the Tea Party right, but he has yet to break into the front ranks of what is shaping up to be a crowded field for the Republican nomination. Speaking at Liberty University, a Christian school founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell, Cruz called for the support of religious conservatives who play a major role in states with early nominating contests. He discussed his Baptist faith in personal terms and urged religious conservatives who have sat out recent elections to get off the sidelines.

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