Could Ted Cruz be the next President of the United States?
"I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!" the Texas Senator tweeted Monday.
First elected to the Senate in 2012, the conservative Republican previously served as Texas' solicitor general.
Cruz is the first person to make a bid for the 2016 election. His tweet included a 30-second video that featured the politician speaking over a montage of farm fields, city skylines, churches, U.S. landmarks and more, calling on "a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again."
"I'm ready to stand with you to lead the fight," Cruz said at the video's conclusion.
Shortly after midnight Monday, Cruz's campaign also launched its website.
Cruz had been expected to make the announcement Monday during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. However, he told his followers that the news would come Sunday night. "Tonight around midnight there will be some news you won't want to miss. Stay tuned…" Cruz tweeted at 7:05 p.m. ET.