As nominee rallies GOP base for final 2016 stretch, his former Republican rival gets on board
“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.”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will vote for Donald Trump for president, according to a post on Cruz’s Facebook page.
The once-friendly-then-bitter rivals called truce Friday after months of tension between the camps, in order to take down Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Cruz said stopping Clinton was key to his decision: “If Clinton wins, we know — with 100% certainty — that she would deliver on her left-wing promises, with devastating results for our country. My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop that.”
The support from Cruz is a major win for Trump, who appeared to have to try to beat Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton without the backing of one of the GOP’s top conservative stars and the second-place finisher in the 2016 Republican primaries.
It also means he goes into Monday’s debate with a more healed GOP.
For Cruz, the announcement should cool speculation that the Texas senator will be challenged for his Senate seat in the 2018 GOP primary by Trump-friendly Republicans.
The Trump camp had been working Cruz and his confidantes for weeks apparently. Cruz was upset about remarks Trump made about his wife and father. Trump was upset his wife was mocked by a pro-Cruz PAC.
A statement of support from Cruz soon followed at 3:25 p.m. Friday, which Cruz posted on his Facebook page.