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Tea Party Movement
Cruz zeroes in on his base
Cruz zeroes in on his base

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first Republican hopeful to formally enter the race for his party’s 2016 nomination, is not one for subtlety. In his choice of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a fundamentalist Christian hotbed, he preached his true-faith conservative message to the choir. Invoking both God and the American dream to students at the house that big-time evangelist Jerry Falwell built, Mr. Cruz told them, “God’s blessing has been on America from the beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet.” As the students cheered his name at the compulsory attendance event, Mr. Cruz included them in his declaration of...