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March 26, 2015 05:04 ET

Social Media Shares Mixed Feelings About Sen. Ted Cruz Since His Announcement to Run for President in 2016

BURLINGTON, VERMONT--(Marketwired - March 26, 2015) - As the first major candidate to announce a presidential bid for 2016, the social media community has raised a brow on Sen. Ted Cruz's proposed policy and politics in general.

Despite his courageous endeavor to be the first major candidate to step up to the plate while other presidential hopefuls as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Jeb Bush presidential candidacy bids remains uncertain, Cruz is currently the center of attention for the American internet community on negatives and positives derived from his political views.

Social media postings and bloggers have taken notice and responded to comments like, "global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers", as Sen. Cruz recently told Texas Tribune. Furthermore, Cruz says to CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday, "I believe we should follow the text of every law, even laws I disagree with", when sharing with CNN that he will be signing up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Many social media users on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter are expressing mixed emotions about these statements from Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, leading a handful of the cyber-news followers to portray his political views as confusing and contradicting when discussing issues as climate change, health care, and immigration.

Draft Ted Cruz for President and Stand for Principle PAC appeared to have had a head start by registering in 2014 unlike newly formed super PACs like Ready for Bernie Sanders 2016 and Draft Joe Biden 2016 that are just getting started on fundraising. Super PAC chief director Cary Lee Peterson of Ready for Bernie Sanders 2016 stated last week that Ready for Bernie Sanders 2016 'will continue to focus on pledges for bundled contributions from social clubs and not corporate bodies', while organizing director Will Pierce of Draft Joe Biden 2016 tells Washington Post this Monday that Draft Joe Biden 2016 is 'going to be expanding and growing to show him from a distance this is the level of support you're getting.'

So far Draft Ted Cruz for President currently has raised $485,208 in contributions as of December 31, 2014, according to public records at Federal Election Commission. Nonetheless, all PACs are due to report current financial records following next week's closing deadline for quarterly filings on Tuesday.

The new age of cyber-media blogs continue to shadow the paradigm once dominated by traditional media. Thus, it will be up to Sen. Ted Cruz and any other presidential candidates to get it to speed with the social media generation that could very well hold a substantial influence on the next presidential election.

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