Cruz stirs suspicion with major speech
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Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged Iranian sanction violations On The Money: Trump signs order targeting social media firms' legal protections | 2M more Americans file new jobless claims, pushing total past 40M | White House to forgo summer economic forecast amid COVID-19, breaking precedent MORE is set to deliver a speech on Monday at Liberty University that is stirring speculation about a possible presidential announcement.

Allies to the likely GOP 2016 hopeful are reaching out to political reporters and encouraging them to attend what they’re billing as a major address at the evangelical school about 150 miles from D.C. 

The conservative college founded by the late Jerry Falwell has often played a major role in the Republican fight for the White House, with hopefuls frequently making stops to speak to the evangelical base of the party. 

If Cruz does launch a bid, as expected, those evangelical voters will be crucial to separating himself in a crowded likely GOP field. 

The first-term Texas senator has long been expected to run for the White House, making frequent visits to early states. Other likely rivals, including Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond senator tests positive for coronavirus antibodies Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks Tim Kaine tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (Ky.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Trump administration designates B of PPP funds for community lenders The Memo: Trump's Scarborough tweets unsettle his allies MORE (Fla.), are also expected to announce in the next month.