Over the weekend, Ted Cruz became the first Republican to declare his candidacy for president in 2016. A video of his announcement appears below.
No sooner had the U.S. senator from Texas thrown his hat in the ring than discussions of the fact that he was born in Canada surfaced. Something else that became evident this morning is that web domains that his campaign might want to use to spread its message are already owned.
The domain “tedcruz.com” was purchased by the web domain broker Domains by Proxy. Clicking on the URL currently takes you to a page that displays this Cruz-unfriendly message:
The domain “tedcruz2016.com” is also unavailable and currently displays a slideshow of landscapes. A whois lookup reveals, moreover, that the owner self-identifies cryptically as 146.
Also purchased and available for resale is “tedcruzforpresident.com,” though the unwieldy “electtedcruzforpresident.com.” All the others are most likely available for a price … which is the general idea behind the speculative enterprise known as “domain investing.”