Sen. Ted Cruz Welcomes Sen. Marco Rubio To 2016 Race

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is welcoming another Senate colleague to the growing field of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for president.

Monday Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told a group of donors that he is running for president. He is scheduled to make a formal announcement Monday evening in Miami.

“Marco is a friend and colleague whom I greatly respect,” Cruz said in a statement. “We’re both the sons of immigrants who escaped Cuba to build a better life in the United States, and we share a deep appreciation and understanding of what it means to work hard and achieve the American Dream.”

Cruz, who was the first to announce a run for the presidency last month, further praised Rubio for his communications skills, conservatism, and called him a good addition to the field.

“Marco is a talented communicator and part of a new generation of Republicans stepping forward to promote conservative solutions to our pressing challenges,” Cruz said. “He is a strong addition to the Republican field, and he will undoubtedly elevate the debate for all of us.”

Cruz offered similarly positive comments about Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) recent entry into the race.