Former US Republican presidential
candidates Marco Rubio and Ted
Cruz were invited to the ongoing
Republican National Convention
taking place in Cleveland by Donald
Trump's team to give a speech and before Ted Cruz took the stage for
his convention speech Wednesday
night, senior members of Cruz’s team encouraged him to endorse Donald Trump during his speech.
However, Cruz didn't make that
promise to them and seemed still
angry at Trump for the personal
attacks the GOP presidential nominee made on his family during the primary campaign, sources familiar with the speech preparations said.
But top aides had concluded he
needed to formally endorse Trump
at the Republican National Convention since he had agreed to
make a speech there. Some aides to
Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas, were pushing him to endorse Trump for the sake of his own political future, because Cruz has indicated intentions to run for
president again in 2020, and he has
a team forming behind him to execute that plan.
After his speech, Cruz declined endorse Donald Trump but
congratulated Trump for winning
Then he told voters:
“And to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience,” Cruz said.
“Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend
our freedom and to be faithful
to the Constitution.”
After the speech, he was booed off
stage because he didn't endorse Trump. The people in the crowd started chanting “We want Trump”.
Video footage has emerged
showing Cruz's wife being led out of the Quicken Loans Arena in
Cleveland when the crowd turned