Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced that he now plans to vote for Donald Trump. Mr. Cruz issued a statement on his Facebook page stating that he has decided to honor his pledge made during the Republican primaries to support whomever the Republicans nominee was.
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. I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word. Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary. — Ted Cruz
Cruz called Trump “pathological liar”
Sen. Cruz had bitter words for Mr. Trump at the end of a hard-fought primary campaign that came down to the voters choosing Trump over Cruz. Sen. Cruz had called Donald Trump a “pathological liar” during the closing days of the campaign and in a dramatic moment at the Republican Convention declined to support Mr. Trump.
Pence played key role
According to CNN Mike Pence, Trump’s vice presidential running mate played a key role in bridging the gap between the two candidates. Cruz’s endorsement may prove helpful to Trump in shoring up his support among conservatives who have remained wary of Mr. Trump.
I am greatly honored by the endorsement of Senator Cruz. We have fought the battle and he was a tough and brilliant opponent. I look forward to working with him for many years to come in order to make America great again. — Donald Trump
Over the past few weeks, Trump has brought some key allies of Sen. Cruz onboard his campaign including Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager. On Friday, Trump released an updated list of conservative judges that he would consider for the Supreme Court. Cruz referred to Trump’s updated list in his statement of support suggesting that he had been consulted on some of the new names on the list.
Not all conservatives are pleased
Not all conservatives are pleased with Cruz’s decision. Iowa radio host Steve Deace said that Cruz had made "the worst political miscalculation of my lifetime.”
Profoundly sad day for me. Disappointment does not begin to describe. Maybe it is time to go to the mountains for a while. — Glenn Beck
However, most Republicans welcomed Sen. Cruz’s ‘better late than never’ endorsement and felt that it would benefit Trump in fundraising and help motivate conservative voters to turn out for the election. It will also help Mr. Cruz who has ambitions to run for the presidency in the future. The average Republican voter has largely come around to supporting Mr. Trump if for no other reason than they see Mrs. Clinton as a worse alternative. If Cruz had stayed on the sidelines, he would have incurred some of the blame if Trump lost and now will gain some of the credit if he wins.