After being booed last night in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention when he did not emphatically endorse Donald Trump for president, Senator Ted Cruz has at least come out and said he will NOT be voting for Hillary Clinton.
(Collective sigh of relief)
But at a Texas delegation briefing Thursday morning, Cruz said he was not ready to back Donald Trump, according to Politico.
Cruz walked the Texas delegation through his thinking in giving Wednesday’s speech, saying that he had given the Trump campaign ample heads up that he was not planning to endorse the Republican Party nominee, and that they had spoken three days ago, when the Texas senator made clear that an endorsement would not be coming.
But he did not rule out an endorsement in the future.
“I am watching and listening to make that decision,” Cruz said. “The election isn’t today. What I don’t intend to do is go out and throw rocks at Donald. I don’t intend to criticize him.”
Nodding to the boos he received on Wednesday night as he left the convention stage, Cruz urged Trump supporters to “not just scream and yell and attack anyone who would dare question our candidates.”
Sir, questioning our candidates is not the issue here. It’s a question of NOT ALLOWING HILLARY TO WIN. At this point, we need to be all rowing in the same direction, or we will be rowing off a precipice.
Cruz reiterated his comments from the previous night saying “As I told you last night the standard I intend to apply is, which candidate I trust to defend our freedom, be faithful to the Constitution.”
Let me give you a hint Senator Cruz. It ain’t Hillary. So we have one other viable choice, and that is Donald Trump.
Cruz seemed to rule out a third party or write-in campaign.
I’m not encouraging anybody to write my name in,” he said. “I’m not a candidate in this race.”
Asked about the pledge Cruz signed to back the Republican nominee, he said it was no longer operative.
“The day that became abrogated was the day that became personal,” Cruz said. “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father. And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you [attack] Heidi I’m going to nonetheless go like a servile puppy dog” and stick to the pledge anyway.
Sir I must reiterate. This is not an issue of being a servile puppy dog. It’s about coalescing and becoming a team player. We need to unify and stand as one.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]