Students upset they had to attend Ted Cruz's Liberty University event or face a fine

Sen. Ted Cruz
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While Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) received a very warm welcome from most of the 10,000 Liberty University students present at his presidential campaign kickoff, not all were happy that they had to attend the event or face a fine.

One of those annoyed students was junior Eli McGowan, who runs the Students for Rand club in support of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). "We were upset about it," he told BuzzFeed. "We know that Ted Cruz knows this and it's a smart idea to have a captive audience to announce your campaign. To have 10,000 people show up. Most students take this as a tacit endorsement. People on Facebook have been saying, oh the board wouldn't have allowed him to come if they didn't think he was the right candidate."

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