Ted Cruz

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday he is signing up his family for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House.

Cruz formally launched his presidential campaign on Monday, and his wife, Heidi Cruz, began an unpaid leave of absence from her job as a managing director in the Houston office of Goldman Sachs. That meant the family would soon lose access to health insurance through Mrs. Cruz’s job, triggering a need for the Cruz family to find a new policy.

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WASHINGTON — Promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is a good talking point for political candidates who are looking to fire up the Republicans’ most conservative voters. It’s also unlikely to ever happen, no matter how easy folks such as Sen. Ted Cruz like to make it sound.

The Texas Republican is pledging to scrap the tax-collecting agency as he runs for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He joins potential contenders and the Republican National Committee itself in the decidedly longshot push to dismantle the unquestionably unpopular IRS. “Imagine abolishing the IRS,” Cruz told college students during his campaign launch Monday. Compared with America’s history of fighting communism, wars and economic calamities, he said, “abolishing the IRS ain’t all that tough.”

Actually, it could be pretty difficult.

The IRS collects more than $2.4 trillion every year — money that picks up the tab for the military, Social Security, Medicare, all those projects that lawmakers love to bring home to constituents and so much more.

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NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he won’t rush to make up his mind about whether to run for the White House, and said Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s first-out-the-gate announcement is not a factor in his timing.

Speaking on his monthly radio show, the Republican governor said there are “still things I’m working through and talking to my family about.” He said he expects to make a decision in late spring to early summer. Cruz became the first major 2016 contender to declare himself a candidate earlier Monday. 

Christie has been traveling across the county, meeting potential backers and raising money. He spent the weekend hobnobbing with big-money donors in Florida and will be attending fundraisers in Philadelphia and Texas later this week.

And they're off.

After a midnight tweet, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tied together the American Revolution, nostalgia for a better time, and an appeal to social conservatives in his official kickoff speech at Liberty University in Virginia.

"God's blessing has been on America from the beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn't done with America yet," Cruz said at the Christian evangelical university founded by preacher Jerry Falwell. "I believe in you; I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives to reignite the power of America.

There will be a question from some about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for president.

That's because even though Cruz grew up in Texas, he was born in Canada. (He renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2013.)

Democrats are sure to remind voters of Cruz's Canadian birth since some on the right have questioned where President Obama was born. The president is a native of Hawaii.

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