WASHINGTON – The Republican senator previously in the running for his party’s presidential nomination, Ted Cruz, back-pedaled Friday from his rejection of Donald Trump as his party’s presidential candidate and stated that he will cast his vote for the magnate next November.
Cruz was a leading figure in one of the most controversial moments of the Republican National Convention last July in Cleveland, Ohio, when the multimillionaire was officially nominated for the presidential race and the senator in his speech withheld his support for Trump.
The Republican nominee was visibly annoyed with the senator, his toughest rival in the primaries, and countered by saying “I don’t want his endorsement,” and “if he gives it, I will not accept it.”
“This election is unlike any other in our nation’s history. Like many other voters, I have struggled to determine the right course of action in this general election,” Cruz said Friday on his Facebook page.
“In Cleveland, I urged voters, ‘please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution,’” he recalled
“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump,” the senator said in a long message to voters.
Cruz said he has taken that decision for two reasons: first, because last year he promised to support whatever Republican candidate was elected; and second, though he has “areas of significant disagreement” with Trump, “by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable.”
Trump replied that “I am greatly honored by the endorsement of Senator Cruz. We have fought the battle and he was a tough and brilliant opponent.”
The backing by Cruz, a symbol of the Tea Party and of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, comes at less than two months before the country’s presidential and legislative elections.