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Friday, September 23, 2016

Ted Cruz: I WILL VOTE For Donald TRUMP

Following his nonendorsement of Donald Trump at the RNC, supporters of the Republican candidate say Mr. Cruz has sealed his own doom in the party. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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David Sherfinski

Sen. Ted Cruz announced Friday he will vote for Donald Trump for president, ending months of speculation as to whether the Texas Republican, who was Mr. Trump’s top rival in the 2016 GOP primary, would formally back Mr. Trump’s candidacy.
“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,” Mr. Cruz said in a statement posted to his Facebook page.
“A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment,” Mr. Cruz said. “And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.”
In addition to the pledge, Mr. Cruz called Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, “wholly unacceptable.”
Mr. Cruz also cited Mr. Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court justice — a list that included close Cruz friend and ally Sen. Mike Lee — as well as the differences between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton on Obamacare, energy, immigration, national security, and internet freedom.
“If Clinton wins, we know — with 100% certainty — that she would deliver on her left-wing promises, with devastating results for our country,” Mr. Cruz said. “My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop that.”
Mr. Cruz had been one of the remaining 2016 Republican presidential candidates who hadn’t formally announced support for Mr. Trump. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Sen. Lindsey Graham have yet to do so.
During a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention in July, Mr. Cruz had encouraged delegates to vote their “conscience” and was booed once it became clear he was not going to offer a formal endorsement of Mr. Trumpin the speech.

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