Most of us were surprised to see former GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz officially endorse Donald Trump the other day, especially after the heated sparring the two had throughout the Republican primary. Even when speaking at the Republican National Convention, Cruz didn’t offer an endorsement of Trump, instead encouraging the audience to “vote their conscience” — which many interpreted as a not-so-thinly-veiled ding on Trump.
Today, Cruz surprised many with his post-debate assessment of Donald Trump. Speaking as someone who’s been on the recieving end of Trump’s attacks before, he praised The Donald’s performance last night.
Hillary Clinton “did not have a good performance,” according to Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump had “the strongest debate performance he’s had in this election cycle.”
Cruz, who recently endorsed the man who beat him in the Republican primary after months of refusing to do so, embraced his new role as a Trump surrogate in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, dinging Clinton as “tired” and “formulaic” while praising Trump for drawing “strong contrast.”
“The entire debate from Hillary was more Washington as usual,” Cruz said. “And every proposal she advanced was another big government solution that isn’t working, that is failing. And I thought Donald had the strongest debate performance he’s had in this election cycle. I think he really went after Hillary, which was a good thing. And I think he drew strong contrast, particularly on taxes, and on regulation and on law and order, and on the disastrous Iran deal. And so I thought it was a good debate night.”
Trump had the “upper hand,” Cruz said — particularly during the first half hour of the debate.
“Hillary was tentative and had no real answers,” he said. “She was on the defensive the entire time. And the biggest thing is her answers, they sounded old and tired, and I don’t mean that in a comment on her health. I mean it on a comment on her ideas. Her ideas are rehashed 1960s Great Society, big government programs.”
Cruz also made the following post on his Facebook page:
Ted Cruz: “Tonight, a clear contrast was drawn between the two nominees. Tonight, Hillary Clinton made it clearer than ever that if elected President, our future will continue on the same path that is hurting millions of Americans.
If Clinton is elected, we know that the havoc Obamacare is wreaking on American families, on small businesses, and on our healthcare system will continue. We know that President Obama’s relentless efforts to crush the oil and gas industry and to wage war on coal will continue. We know that the Obama administration’s willful blindness to radical Islamic terrorism and the influx of unvetted refugees from nations infiltrated by terrorists will continue. We know that President Obama’s lawless executive amnesty will continue and even expand.
If Clinton is elected, we know that a liberal justice will be named to fill Scalia’s seat and we will lose the Supreme Court for a generation. With that, we know for a certainty that our right to keep and bear arms, our religious liberty and federalism are in danger.
Tonight we received insight into what a Hillary Clinton presidency would look like for Americans. We know that her policies would kill jobs, reduce wages, and continue the downward spiral our country has endured under President Obama.
Tonight, Donald Trump had his strongest debate performance of the election cycle. He drew strong contrasts with Hillary on taxes, regulations, law and order, and the disastrous Iran deal.
Rather than Hillary’s America, we need to take a different path. A path that would begin to restore our country from the damage it has suffered the last eight years. We need to unite to defend freedom and restore the Constitution. And Hillary Clinton made absolutely clear tonight she would not do so.”
In just a matter of days, Ted Cruz has gone from a strong holdout to strong surrogate for GOP Donald Trump. Do you think Cruz’s vocal support will help sway former #NeverTrumpers over to vote and help Trump win in November?
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]