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Rush Transcript of Ted Cruz's Speech at Liberty University

Here is a rush transcript of Ted Cruz speech to Liberty University. Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off a new phase in the 2016 presidential race Monday when he declared himself a candidate for the GOP nomination, setting the stage for a frenetic battle among Republicans eager to take back the White House.

Saying during a speech at Liberty University Monday that he believed "millions of courageous conservatives" were ready to rise up and vowing to restore the "promise of America," Cruz announced: "And that is why, today, I am announcing that I'm running for president of the United States."

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