Watch: Cruz Suspends Campaign

Texas Senator Ted Cruz suspended his campaign for president during a speech in Indianapolis, Indiana on Tuesday.

After talking about his parents’ lives and American exceptionalism, Cruz stated, “[A] lot of people have been talking about what happened 40 years ago. at the Republican convention in Kansas City, our party’s last contested convention. When I look back at that convention in Missouri, I think of the speech that Ronald Reagan gave to our party. He spoke not of the next four years. He saw not the close horizons, that are of interest to those who seek to build their own fortunes in the short-term, but instead, he looked to the distant times that concerned the men and women, whose purpose it is to secure the blessings of liberty to their posterity. Ronald Reagan spoke of the next 100 years, and of the generations of Americans who would come to know whether our nation had escaped the existential threat of nuclear war, who would know whether our party had succeeded in its fight against the erosion of constitutional freedoms, that only grow and multiply under rule of the Democratic Party. Ronald Reagan spoke of the purpose that defined our party then and that must unite and drive our party now.”

He added, “The Republican Party of Ronald Reagan and of George Herbert Walker Bush ensured thousands of nuclear missiles that the Soviet Union and the United States had targeted each other were never fired, and that Soviet Communism was consigned to the ash heap of history. They fought hard, so that our American freedoms were not lost to any foreign foe, nor sacrificed in pursuit of any domestic agenda of the Democratic Party. Yet the challenges we face today remain as great as ever. ”

Later in the speech, Cruz thanked his supporters, family, and running mate, Carly Fiorina before saying, “From the beginning, I’ve said that I would continue on, as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I’m sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed. Together, we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got, but the voters chose another path. And so, with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism, for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”

Cruz added that he would not stop crusading for liberty and the Constitution.

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