Ted Cruz and Rand Paul announce their bids for Presidency of the United States

Members Of Congress Join Tea Party At Anti-Obamacare Rally At US CapitolKentucky Senator Rand Paul announced that he will be running for president in 2016.

Meanwhile, fellow Republican Ted Cruz drew fire for anti-LGBT remarks.

“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Paul stated on his website.

Paul attended a rally on his behalf in Louisville on April 7.

There, he outlined his positions on the economy, equal pay, foreign policy and criminal justice reform.

Paul told supporters, “I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally, and any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color is repealed,” Huffington Post reported.

Paul’s fellow GOP candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, visited a homeschool forum in Iowa.

There, he referenced controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA) in Indiana and Arkansas, and claimed Christians have come under attack by the LBGTQIA community and its allies.

Cruz said, “You look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas, going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” The Raw Story reported.

Cruz continued, “…it used to be that Democrats and Republicans, they might disagree on marginal tax laws, but when it came to the First Amendment, we all stood together…this election needs to be about bringing together that consensus again.”

Indiana’s new RFRA is widely criticized as a license to discriminate against sexual minorities, and Arkansas House Bill 1228 was very similar to it.

The First Amendment concerns the free practice of religion and freedom of expression among other liberties.

In Louisville, Paul blasted “the Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives.”

He blamed both major parties for this problem, and criticized “Democrat light” candidates, Huffington Post reported.

In addition to the Louisville rally, Paul has recently toured “primary states” Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire.

Cruz also visited the National Rifle Association (NRA)’s Leadership Forum in Nashville.

There, Cruz had harsh words for former Secretary of State and possible Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“If Hillary Clinton is going to join with Barack Obama and the gun grabbers and come after our guns, then what I say, is come and take it,” New York Times reported.

According to the Huffington Post, Paul taunted Clinton in November when Republicans won control of the Senate.

Paul posted photos of the former Secretary of State with the candidates she had endorsed under “#HILLARYSLOSERS.”

Paul was elected to the Senate in 2010. He is a licensed ophthalmologist, a type of eye doctor that differs from an optometrist in that they can perform eye surgery and diagnose and treat all diseases of the eye.

As Senator, Paul continued to work part-time at his practice.

He is the son of former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who ran in the 2012 Republican presidential primary.

After his father stopped campaigning, Paul publicly supported Mitt Romney. Cruz tweeted his intent to run for president on March 23, which made him 2016’s first official candidate.

Both Cruz and Paul will compete against a potentially crowded GOP field.

-Dionna Cheatham ’15, Junior Politcis/Opinions Editor

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