WASHINGTON, September 26, 2016 – Senator Ted Cruz formally announced that he would follow through with his promise of endorsing Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president. Cruz’s decision came just days before the first presidential debate.
Cruz’s decision can be seen as an attempt to regain his footing for a possible attempt at a presidential run in 2020. Or a possible SCOTUS nomination. Or from fear of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Taking a clue from Social Media, Cruz made his announcement on Facebook.
“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,” “A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment. And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.”
Cruz’s decision to endorse the nominee comes after previously refusing to do so despite being given a prime time slot at the GOP Convention.
If Cruz camp thinks this won't hurt, they should see my text messages from his fan club. Lots of disappointment.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 23, 2016
Trump has spent the last few weeks attempting to mend bridges between the two camps. Trump hired key Cruz allies, including Kellyanne Conway and Jason Miller. Cruz’s endorsement could help Trump gain votes from conservatives who have continually refused to support his campaign.
While Cruz may be attempting to warm himself back up to voters for 2020, he is also facing a primary challenge in 2018 for his Senate seat. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus also threatened Republicans who didn’t back Trump, saying they could pay a price down the road.
The Clinton campaign fired back against the endorsement, tweeting out messages highlighting shots Cruz took at Trump during the heated primary contest.
While Ted Cruz has endorsed Donald Trump, he refuses to answer whether he believes Trump is fit to be president. Chris Christie, also a combatant in the run for the nomination, was the first to join the Trump bandwagon, quickly followed by Ben Carson.
The Bush family and Mitt Romney continue to stand tall and refuse to follow suit.