Ted Cruz defends non-endorsement of Donald Trump
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News July 21, 2016 Updated: 12:20 PM
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was booed off the stage at night three of the Republican National Convention Wednesday, but the former Republican presidential candidate was back on his feet Thursday, defending to the Texas delegation his non-endorsement of GOP nominee Donald Trump.
“I am doing what millions of Americans are doing I am watching, I am listening,” Cruz said. “The election isn’t today,” he added.
Cruz said he had been very clear about his intention to the Trump campaign, even telling Trump he would not endorse him in a conversation before the convention and letting the campaign read his speech hours before.
“I assume there’s a reason the Trump campaign wanted me to speak,” he said.
"I did not say a single negative word about Donald Trump," Cruz said at a breakfast hosted by the delegates of his home state. "And I'll tell you this morning and going forward: I don't intend to say negative things about Donald Trump."
Instead, what he sought to do Wednesday evening was "lay out the principles I believe we should stand for as Republicans."
Cruz responded that when he originally made the pledge he had every intention of keeping it until the race became personal.
“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and who attack my father,” he said. Adding he would not be "a servile puppy dog" to the Trump campaign.
During the campaign, Mr Trump nicknamed Mr Cruz "Lyin' Ted", linked his father to President John F Kennedy's alleged assassin, and criticised the appearance of Mr Cruz's wife, Heidi.