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There's a Significant Reason Ted Cruz Chose March 23 to Announce His Presidential Bid

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ state Capitol day event, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz has made four trips to Iowa in eight months. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall\n

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination just after midnight on Twitter Monday — and the date, March 23, has some significance.

The Cruz campaign revealed that the Texas senator chose the date because it’s the “anniversary of the disaster known as Obamacare.”

President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.

Cruz became the first Republican to declare candidacy for 2016 -- though the GOP field is expected to be crowded.

Minutes after Cruz made the major announcement, tedcruz.org transformed into the conservative senator’s official 2016 campaign website. He also released his first campaign video, titled “A Time for Truth.” Watch below:

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