Donald Trump’s rival Ted Cruz refuses to endorse him at Republican convention
Striking another major blow to US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump at the Republican convention, Ted Cruz urged party men to listen to their conscience and vote on Wednesday night.
Echoing sentiments from the ‘Never Trump’ movement, Cruz’s speech invited shouting’s from Trump supporters. In his emotional speech he said, “Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution,” reported the Xinhua agency.
“We’re not fighting for one particular candidate or one particular campaign,” Cruz said. “We deserve leaders who stand for principle, unite us all behind shared values, cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody.”
Cruz and his wife were escorted out from the venue as angry supporters of Trump started to follow them, said CNN.
CNN reported that Cruz has scored a crucial political victory over his rival. He has earned the image of a anti-establishment figure with in the Republicans with his stirring speech.
Cruz had recreated a magic moment reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s convention speech in 1976, that helped him to become the President four years later, added CNN.
Ted Cruz was a front runner for the Republican party’s presidential nominee, but unfortunately finished second behind Trump during the Republican primaries.
He was the senator from Texas and was the first Republican to enter the fray of nominee.
He started his campaign trail as the perfect voice for Conservatives in the party and maintained that image until he lost to Trump during the later stage.
Cruz and Trump are known to have kept their grudges for each Other. It was reflected as Trump gave Cruz, a Thumps-Up, soon after his speech, amid cheers from his supporters. They have traded accusation earlier also, during their election campaigns. Trump once called his rival, “Lyin’ Ted”. Cruz responded by calling Trump, “pathological liar”, “narcissist” and “utterly immoral”, reported the Guardian.