Cruz explains why he did not endorse Trump: It’s personal

Today Ted Cruz said he is not a ‘‘servile puppy dog,” explaining why he refused to endorse Donald Trump during his GOP convention speech Wednesday night.

Though he said he would not be criticizing or attacking Trump, Cruz said, ‘‘I’ll give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,’’ despite his vow during debates to support the party’s nominee.

‘‘And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and my father,’’ he added.

Trump made snide comments about Cruz’s wife’s appearance and suggested Cruz’s father had indirect ties to John F. Kennedy’s assassin. Cruz called Trump a ‘‘sniveling coward.’’

In other words, it’s personal.

Cruz did open his remarks by congratulating Trump on winning the nomination, but that was the last reference to Trump, adding after the applause, “And, like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November.”

Toward the end of his speech Wednesday he said, “If you love our country, and love our children as much as you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution.”

This was interrupted by chants of “endorse Trump,” to which Cruz replied, “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.”

Trump, appeared in the convention hall toward the end of Cruz’s speech, causing the cameras to focus on him instead of Cruz, later posted to Twitter: “Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!”

Hillary Clinton tweeted, ‘‘Vote your conscience.’’

Libertarians also jumped on the Cruz lack of endorsement for Trump, asking in a headline online, “Did Ted Cruz just endorse Gary Johnson?”

Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, said, “I don’t agree with Senator Cruz on every issue, but this election is a job interview for the most important job in the country. His call to not stay home in November, to vote your conscience, to vote for the candidate who will defend the Constitution, is one that people should heed. If Americans look past names and party labels, the most honest, trustworthy, and qualified candidate is very clearly Gary Johnson. Maybe that’s why the delegates at his convention savagely booed his call to ‘vote your conscience.'”

Vice presidential pick Mike Pence’s  was largely ignored by the press, which focused on the Cruz slight.

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24 comments on “Cruz explains why he did not endorse Trump: It’s personal

  1. JOHN EDWARDS says:

    The first three days of the Republican convention brought three days of negative news coverage. First, a large minority of delegates voted to challenge Trump with a roll-call vote. Then, his wife delivered a speech that sounded a lot like one given by Obama’s wife eight years earlier. And now, Cruz and Rubio get revenge in speeches to the convention. Wow!

  2. Ted Cruz…the candidate I supported here in the Nevada Caucuses…did himself NO favors last night. In fact, IMHO…he did irreparable harm to his political future. I have been watching the RNC Convention on CSPAN and the Directv channel which has NO commentators and no spin meisters. It’s amazing how different it is watching without the biased talking heads. Cruz’s speech started out well, worked into a crescendo with people standing and hanging on every word…and then he failed to pull the trigger. I will NEVER support Ted Cruz in any election again. It was all I could do not to throw my shoe at the flatscreen. He came across as petty, selfish and self serving…and what few friends he had in the Senate and House…just dwindled even lower. He did accomplish one thing…he brought the delegates all together…against him!

    http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/columnists/varvel/2016/07/21/cartoonist-gary-varvel-sen-ted-cruz-political-backdraft/87378868/

  3. Barbara says:

    ‘‘Vote your conscience.’’ … vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution.”

    Never have I been more proud to have supported Senator Cruz. In fact, I made a contribution to his 2018 Senatorial re-election campaign today.

    Under RNC rule 40 (b) Senator Cruz had the right to not only speak at the convention, but to have his name placed in nomination and to have up to three speakers speak on his behalf. He elected not to enforce this rule.

    Trump had prior knowledge (at least 3 days) that Cruz was not going to endorse him, and yet, he still asked him to speak – why? He had his acolytes ready to disrupt and boo Senator Cruz and of course Trump picked the perfect time to enter the arena before the end of Cruz’ speech. Trump’s media surrogates also ginned up controversy knowing Cruz was not going to endorse Trump.

    Anyone who believes Cruz should have endorsed Trump is without principle in my humble opinion. Trump viciously attacked Heidi Cruz and Rafael Cruz. Had Cruz endorsed Trump after such personal attacks, he would have shown himself to place raw ambition over his obligations to his family. Indeed Trump had no right to expect an endorsement given his vicious attacks against Cruz’ family.

    A pledge to support the nominee does not give said nominee carte blanche to say and do anything and to receive a free pass when he engages in brutal personal attacks on a candidates family.

    Please listen to the speech. It was a very positive speech. Cruz never trashed Trump. He said to vote your conscience, vote for those you trust to defend our freedom.

    Well, I don’t have an ounce of trust in Trump. Trump has appointed Steve Munchin to head his fund raising and is reportedly wanting him as Treasury Secretary.; Muchin is a left wing Democrat, a former George Soros and Goldman Sach employee. Trump’s plans to enact protectionist tariffs, expand subsidies for favored industries, etc do not bode well for our country. In my humble opinion, no supporter of the Constitution could vote for either Trump or Hillary. As Cruz said, Vote your conscience.

    Senator Cruz showed himself to be a man of principle, and I am a proud supporter of his now and for any future office. Cruz is a man of honor – Trump is not. Fall for Trump’s staging of this controversy if you must, but realize this was all staged.

  4. Patrick says:

    Man of principle? Joe Stalin was a man of principles. Mao was a man of principles. Heck, Charles Manson was a man of principles.

    Problem with so many such men is that it all depends on which principles they are men of.

    Cruz pretends at having principled stands about our Constitution, but he’s also been heard to say that the government needs to patrol and “secure” “Muslim neighborhoods”. I wonder where Cruz finds support in the Constitution for singling out, and violating the Fourth Amendment while he’s at it, a religious group in this country?

    Maybe these are principles he learned in his home country, but they sure aren’t the principles that the US Constitution speaks of.

  5. I always respect and look forward to reading your views Barbara. On this one, I guess we’ll have agree to disagree…agreeably.

    http://www.conservativehq.com/node/23643

  6. Barbara says:

    From the article…”We deserve leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody.”

    As far as I can tell, Trump doesn’t share the time tested principles and values of the conservative movement and which the Republican party was founded. He is given a pass because people want to believe he is not as bad as Hillary. A false narrative has been concocted that we (and Cruz) must embrace Trump because the alternative is the election of Hillary Clinton.

    It is very telling that people become upset when told to “vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution”.

    Trump and the RNC colluded to deny conservatives any role in the Rules committee. Priebus and the RNC left the convention with more centralized power than ever before.

    Cruz remained true to these conservative principles. If his refusing to give a full throated endorsement of a candidate who has turned his back on the principles that made America great in the first place means he has no political future, than in reality we have no freedom.

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/07/ted-cruzs-unforgivable-sin-in-cleveland

  7. Connie Foust says:

    I am 100% behind Barbara. What I have been watching with this convention is the sell out of Republican principles and values. The Constitution should not be viewed as another piece of paper, it is what our republic is built on. Cruz’s career is not over unless you are parroting Fox News, who started out this campaign supporting Jeb Bush and then when the people said no, moved on to another RINO Chris Christie and so it went. We had excellent candidates who were conservatives who Fox decided would be second tier. You have been played and I sincerely hope what I feel in my gut does not come to pass. Trump has no understanding or appreciation for the Constitution. I will also note that this should have never been a coronation, and that is what is was. I should have been a true convention. Cruz came there with many committed supporters and he chose to step aside and allow Trump to be annointed. He did not need permission to speak, he had the votes to do so. So those of you who are chirping his career is over are dead wrong. Reagan refused to endorse Ford and we ended up with Carter. We most likely will end up with Clinton because Trump has gambled and thrown conservatives under the bus. He needs us. An apology to Cruz for disparaging Cruz’s wife and father would have gone a long way and shown character. Any man that would allow Trump to get away with this in my view is not much of a man.

  8. So…are you both voting for Hillary?

  9. Barbara says:

    Never. There is no good choice is this election.

  10. Barbara says:

    I am not of the mind that I must support someone. Denying the vote is just as valid as casting a vote. We don’t even have to discuss Hillary – on that we agree. If you can cast a vote for Trump, then you should do so. I cannot. It is more than just a few policy differences.

  11. Barbara says:

    The RNC and Trump have both made it quite clear they do not want or think they need the conservative vote. Why HFB should I then give it to them? Can you make the case for why a constitutional conservative should vote for Trump?

  12. It’s easy…Hillary Clinton. If you haven’t seen “Hillary’s America” by Dinesh Dsouza I highly recommend it…it’s playing in theaters now. I’m not a big Trump fan…but if he accomplishes just four things I will be very pleased: 1 – Defeat the Clinton Crime Foundation and send them packing once and for all, 2 – Replace Scalia’s supreme court seat with an originalist, 3 – Go after ISIS with a vengeance, and 4 – Secure the border and enforce existing immigration laws. He’s the only one left standing that can do this…and thus, will have my vote.

  13. Barbara says:

    I have plans to see the movie today. I agree with your 4 statements, but disagree that you will get them with Trump as President. Should he win the Presidency:

    1. Hillary – the Dems. will protect Bill and Hillary. Trump will not spend the political capital necessary to prosecute the Clintons. While he thrives on controversy and the limelight, he also will not alienate the Democrats in Congress and the millions who will have voted for her. Hillary will not be President, but the Clinton Crime Foundation will continue. His need for revenge will be satisfied by defeating her in the election.

    2. The Supreme Court – He left himself wiggle room when he announced his list. The convention showed he has nothing but disdain for conservatives. Again, I do not see him or the Republicans spending the political capital necessary to get someone of Scalia’s caliber on the court. There is the very real possibility that the Dems retake the Senate. Trump will be appointing more than one justice. Deals will be struck and on balance, it will be a left leaning court that accurately reflects his 40 plus years of liberal ideology and those of Ivanka.

    3. ISiS – Trump’s actions in regard to foreign policy are less clear cut. He will keep the Iran deal in place, will not defend NATO allies, will make nice with Russia. He praises dictators’ brutal actions against their own people (Korea, China in Tiananmen Square massacre,) It is not clear who his advisor’s will be or if he would even listen to them. What is clear is that his tendency is to be a dictator just like those he admires. (Remember – “The military will do what I tell them.”) He is not above starting WW III to show his power.

    4. The border – Trump has no intentions of enforcing existing immigration laws. His program is a touch back amnesty program where existing illegal immigrants who are deported will immediately be issued Visa’s. His kids have said so in interviews, and he has talked about the “really big door” in his wall. This would be a violation of existing immigration law. Speaker Ryan and the Republican leadership will pass some form of amnesty over the objections of the few conservatives left in Congress. The convention showed the alliance between Trump and the establishment is alive and well. Trump has used illegal labor in his businesses

    In my opinion, Trump suffers from the Dark Triad – Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy. He believes the world revolves around him. A Master manipulator, he is incapable of empathy. He recognizes no boundaries on his behavior. He has a very short attention span but a very high, constant need for admiration. He is not only a serial liar, he sees “truth” in the lies he tells.

    People overlooked the tell tale signs readily available in Obama’s background pointing to his extreme liberalism and hatred of America, hoping he would unite the country. I see the same thing happening with Trump. People hope he will “change” things in Washington. While I held my nose and voted for Republicans which did not share my conservative ideology, my objections to Trump go beyond policy or ideology. No way in hell would I hand this man the most powerful office in the land.

  14. Barbara says:

    Andrew McCarthy sees a hope of glimmer that Trump will have good people around him. This may be the only reason to vote for Trump. However, he is also surrounding himself with hard core leftists. Regardless, I don’t believe he listens to anyone other than his kids with Ivanka being paramount.

    We have lost our republic and the next four years will see the completion of our post-constitutional descent into tyranny. However, I believe in the remnant of Americans who know freedom and are committed to restoring those values that made us unique amount nations. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to commit to those principles which lead to a better life.

    The next President will be Hillary or Trump. Two sides of the same coin in my view. Some believe Trump is less evil than Hillary and I hope they are correct. I agree with Cruz. Vote your conscience. Mine does not allow me to vote for either.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438255/donald-trump-republican-party-not-conservative

  15. Rincon says:

    Your dark triad assessment of Trump is well phrased, Barbara. It crystallizes the problem, Your comment about Obama is well taken also. He was not a good candidate for President based on his lack of experience alone. I felt him to be a weak contender and am actually gratified that he has performed as well as he has.

    I’m all for throwing the bums out, but I don’t think the Presidency is the best place to start. Throwing out a host of Congressmen would be a far more productive wake up call for both parties. Unfortunately, most of us vote for the most conservative or liberal candidate, depending on our leanings. With our gerrymandered voting districts, most are all but guaranteed a win. Unfortunately, these semielected officials control not only Congress, but with the advent of delayed confirmation of a year or more, they also now firmly control our judiciary system as well.

  16. Patrick says:

    Some, and let’s be honest, some of the important, Cruz supporters are not so willing to forgive his….principles.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/us/politics/influential-donors-criticize-ted-cruz-for-his-gop-convention-speech.html

  17. Hillary and Trump are NOT two sides of the same coin…no way, no how. 1 – defeating the Clintons in the election and sending them packing…was precisely what I meant. There are too many things that need to be fixed, getting bogged down in their past misdeeds is a waste of time. 2 – In his acceptance speech he promised to replace Justice Scalia’s seat with a conservative who believes in original intent just as Scalia did. (Trump waffles on everything…but he’s not stupid, the excellent “list” of possible replacements was a solid one…and it would bolster his legacy). 3 – Unlike Obama, Trump will rely on the advice of his joint chiefs of staff, his own military advisers (like Lt. General Michael Flynn) and foreign policy advisers like John Bolton. He will “untie” the hands of our soldiers to actually pursue ISIS…unlike our PC Community Organizer in Chief. 4 – Again, we’ll have to agree to disagree on securing the border. All I know is…he’ll do a much better job than Hillary, who will do nothing but proclaim open amnesty and accelerate bringing in refugees from dangerous parts of the world. The next four years are crucial…we can’t afford to just let them go to Hillary by default. Trump might not be my first choice or yours…but he’s a damn sight better than the Clintons.

  18. Barbara says:

    Nothing would give me greater pleasure than for you to be proved right.

    Saw the film. Greatly disappointed…but then I already knew the Democratic party was founded on and continues to promote racism and elitism. I was most disappointed in his suggestion that the country could be saved by “the Party of Lincoln and Reagan.”

    There is no Savior coming to right the wrongs. There are individuals within the Party who are not statists, but they are few and far between. They will exert less and less influence in the coming years – especially if Trump is elected. To begin the long road back, we have to recognize that as it exists today, the Republican party is not the solution.

  19. There is no savior, but we keep casting about for one, instead of making logical decisions and taking part in the process.

  20. Barbara says:

    As part of the process of keeping our Republic form of government, our Constitution, in Article V, contains a provision for States to propose amendments which could clearly restore the sovereignty of the people. Justice Scalia was a proponent of such a convention.

    So far 10 states have passed Applications calling for a convention. Gov. Abbott of Texas will be leading a movement to add Texas to these states when the Texas legislature convenes.

    Isn’t it time for a C.O.S? Nevada should become an advocate, and this is where I will be spending my efforts.

  21. No one that I know is naive enough to consider Trump any kind of a savior…but one needs only to contrast him with Hillary to understand the dilemma we’re in. I’m all for a Convention of States…but that is still many years out at best. Hillary needs to be stopped this November…and there is only one candidate left standing that can do that…warts and all. I’m sorry you didn’t like the movie, I too knew much of the sordid history of the Democrat Party…but I did learn a number of new things. I took my 84 year old mother in law with me when I saw it on Friday. She is a lifelong committed Democrat who intended to vote for Hillary. She was appalled and shocked at the brutal, racist history of her party. She said…I never knew, why hasn’t someone told the truth about this before now? She will be voting for Trump this November.

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