Ted Cruz: 'Tonight was a victory for every American'

Cruz gave his remarks in Milwaukee backed by his wife and Gov. Scott Walker. The theme of the the opening part of the speech was Cruz’s recent delegate momentum:

“The national political terrain began to change two weeks ago. In the state of Utah, we won 69% of the vote, a landslide election [applause] winning every single delegate in the state. Then just three days ago in Colorado two congressional districts voted. Once again, they elected six delegates and of those six delegates we won all six…And now tonight here in Wisconsin, a state that just three weeks ago the media had written off. Three weeks ago the media said Wisconsin was a perfect state for Donald Trump. But the hardworking men and women of Wisconsin stood and campaigned tirelessly to make sure that tonight was a victory for every American.”

Cruz then predicted that his recent wins, including Wisconsin, would allow him to secure the 1237 delegates needed to win the nomination, though he added this might not happen until the convention (where a couple hundred unpledged delegates will be up for grabs):

“In the last two weeks, and in the coming days when Colorado and Wyoming finish voting, we are likely to have gained over 100 delegates on Donald Trump. And as a result of tonight, as a result of the people of Wisconsin defying the media, defying the pundits, I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going to earn the 1237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, either before Cleveland or at the convention in Cleveland, together we will win a majority of the delegates and together we will beat Hillary Clinton in November.”

Toward the end of the speech, Cruz praised his wife saying she was going to make a great first lady and adding, “every day she’s teaching our daughters, Caroline and Catherine, that strong women can accomplish anything in the United States of America.” No doubt Cruz meant every word but it also seemed like an intentional reminder of his recent criticisms of Donald Trump. Cruz told Megyn Kelly last night that Trump, “seems to have a problem with strong women. I don’t why that is. But it seems to really bother him.”

ABC News posted this clip of his entire victory speech:

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