Sen. Ted Cruz launched his candidacy for president on Monday, tweeting a 30-second video to his 394,000 Twitter followers just after midnight — hours before a formal announcement at Liberty University.
I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! pic.twitter.com/0UTqaIoytP— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2015
But those looking to TedCruz.com for more information on the Texas Republican and his platform were out of luck. The domain — which was reserved by an Arizona lawyer before Cruz's political ascension — currently encourages visitors to support President Barack Obama and immigration reform.
Cruz's official campaign website, TedCruz.org, seemed to be working fine Monday morning.
The rollout at Liberty University wasn't exactly smooth, either. Supporters of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul could be seen in the backdrop of Cruz's speech in Lynchburg, Virginia.
And in some angles of the televised speech, the tea party favorite appeared with his back to the camera.
Many, though, applauded Cruz for not using a teleprompter.
Great speech by Ted Cruz ... but it was missing one thing ... NO TELEPROMPTER!!!!!— T. Barnes (@badnews61) March 23, 2015
While Cruz became the first significant candidate from either party to formally jump into the 2016 race, he is not the first. According to the Federal Election Commission's online database, 194 candidates — including 54 Republicans — declared before Cruz did.