Transcript: Read Full Text of Sen. Ted Cruz’s Campaign Launch

TIME

Sen. Ted Cruz launched his presidential campaign Monday with a speech at Liberty University, a private Christian college in Virginia.

Here is a transcript of the full remarks.

Thank you so much, President Falwell. God bless Liberty University. I am thrilled to join you today at the largest Christian university in the world.

Today I want to talk with you about the promise of America.

Imagine your parents when they were children. Imagine a little girl growing up in Wilmington, Delaware during World War II, the daughter of Irish and Italian Catholic family, working class. Her uncle ran numbers in Wilmington. She grew up with dozens of cousins because her mom was the second youngest of 17 kids. She had a difficult father, a man who drank far too much, and frankly didn’t think that women should be educated.

And yet this young girl, pretty and shy, was driven, was…

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