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Election 2016

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Stops Short Of Endorsing Donald Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz delivered his speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night and while he endorsed much of the platform on which Donald Trump campaigned for the party’s presidential nomination, Cruz did not actually endorse Trump.

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Sen. Ted Cruz delivered his speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night and while he endorsed much of the platform on which Donald Trump campaigned for the party's presidential nomination, Cruz did not actually endorse Trump.

The longer Cruz's speech went on, the more unhappy Trump's supporters got. By the end, much of the crowd was booing the senator. Robin Walker, who is from Guadalupe County near San Antonio, says she supported Cruz in the primary and says she had a few problems with his speech.

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"You know, I'm not the kind of person that could help him write that speech, but I think I would have said, ‘And we do love freedom, and we know that Donald Trump does, too, so we're all going to get behind him and we're going to win in November.' He sort of said it, but kind of skipping around the edge, and that's why, I guess, I was upstairs, and thank goodness, cause I think it was embarrassing that people booed. I thought that was awful."

Dwayne Collins is a delegate from Van Zandt County in northeast Texas. He also characterized himself as a long-time Cruz supporter. He said he understood why Cruz was reluctant to endorse Donald Trump, particularly given some of the personal attacks Trump made on the senator's wife and father.

"I had just begun today to get on the Trump train, I mean really beginning to get enthusiastic, and it's taken some wind out of my sails," he said.

But Collins said that he thought the divisions would be more likely to hurt Cruz than Trump. That's certainly a possibility. Trump is the Republican nominee. If he loses to Hillary Clinton in the fall because Cruz didn't go all out to support Trump, a lot of Republicans could hold that against Cruz if he decides to run again for president.

Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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