“Gracias a todos por estar aqui conmigo esta noche.
First, let me take you back in time for a moment….
The year was 1976. 37 years ago. Gerald Ford was President. The internet did not yet exist.
8 track players were big. Boston’s first album had just come out. The first Rocky movie debuted in theaters.
The median price of new homes was 44 thousand dollars. Our national debt, which today is over 16 Trillion, was not even 1 Trillion. Al Gore had not yet invented the internet.
It was a lifetime ago… I was playing little league baseball. …it was when Ed Markey first got elected to Congress.
Let me close with this.
My parents emigrated from Colombia, the year before I was born. They came in hot pursuit of freedom and the American Dream, and they caught it.
I was raised in a typical middle class family in a small town. My folks told me that in America, you can do what you put your mind to.
I have been tremendously blessed. From a kid who didn’t know English until he went to school, I’ve earned everything in my life: From earning my Navy Pilot Wings, to earning my Navy SEAL trident, to earning my way to Harvard Business School and earning a successful career in the private sector.
I will approach this job with a military man’s discipline, a father’s sensitivity and a businessman’s experience.
I look forward to meeting you on the trail, I will earn each vote and I will always fight for you.
Thank you and may God Bless you all.
Muchas Gracias a todos y que dios vaya contigo.”