Ted Cruz Plans 'Important Speech' in Virginia

Sen. Ted Cruz's political operation appears to be strongly encouraging attendance by the media at an event in Lynchburg, Va., Monday for what's being billed as "an important speech." Aides to the Texas Republican, who has been contemplating a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, were tight-lipped Friday about the details of the visit to the campus of Liberty University, but the timing of the speech would be right for getting somewhat ahead of the curve on announcing a White House run, at least among senators. Cruz 2016 might be around the corner. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Cruz has spoken previously at the private, Christian university in Virginia, delivering the convocation address in April 2014. Cruz focused his remarks that day on a topic of significant interest to his audience, actions by the government that conservatives view as attacks on their religious liberty. "For a nation that was founded by pilgrims fleeing religious oppression, how, through the looking glass, have we gone that the federal government is now litigating against our citizens trying to force us to violate our faith?" Cruz asked at the time. Multiple reports have indicated that another could-be presidential contender from the Senate is blocking off April 7, as a time to make news. That's when Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is expected to make an announcement in Louisville. Related:  Catholic Leaders Support Cruz D.C. Resolution How Republicans Could Risk a Senate Seat to Win the White House Not Your Father’s (or Grandfather’s) GOP Field What the ‘Big Ten’ Tells Republicans They Need in 2016 Is Ben Carson Really a Viable Presidential Candidate? Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton Face Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.