Cruz, the Junior Senator from Texas, who lost out to Trump after a bitter primary fight involving at times hitting below the belt early this year, on Friday said he would vote for Trump in the November general elections. Other reasons included honoring the pledge he made previous year to support the eventual nominee, Obamacare, energy, immigration, Internet freedom, and national security.
Ted Cruz has endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump for the presidency in a stunning turn of events after a contentious primary filled with personal attacks and a dramatic snub at the Republican National Convention. Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton remain locked in a tight race as both struggle to unite their party’s behind them.
America’s first black president took issue with the Republican nominee’s suggestion this week that “African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape than they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever”. Cruz sounded resigned at the prospect of voting for the man he had called a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral” while Trump appeared to relish gaining the public support of the opponent he derided as “Lyin’ Ted”.
Ted Cruz’s ability to justify his vote with these policy agreements, his hesitancy to endorse Trump at the RNC, and his closing remarks – that Hillary Clinton “is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans”.
Forty-four percent say they would be afraid if Clinton, the former secretary of state, is elected, far less than the 56 percent who say the same of Trump. The ad, however, was produced by an anti-Trump super PAC, which had no known connection to the Cruz campaign.
On Friday, Trump also released an expanded list of possible Supreme Court candidates he would nominate to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Cruz did call Beck to talk about the Trump endorsement. Cruz exhorted Republicans to “vote your conscience” and said he was standing on truth and principle. “But I don’t want his endorsement”. Asked whether he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was a better leader than President Barack Obama, as Trump suggested, Cruz said, “I have no intention of defending everything Donald Trump says or does”.
Cruz’s concession comes after a contentious Republican primary, where Trump launched a vitriolic, no-holds-barred offensive on Cruz and his family.
Cruz also faced intensifying political pressure from all quarters.
According to a source close to Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, Pence was a key plater in convincing Cruz to come over to their side.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released an expanded list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees on Friday that includes the name of a conservative Georgia jurist. More importantly, donors who had bet on Cruz excoriated him for not being a Trump team player.