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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attempted to do damage control after Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, sparking outcry from delegates.
“I think you misunderstood one paragraph that Ted Cruz, who is a superb orator, said,” the Georgia Republican told delegates as he took the stage immediately after Cruz.
“Ted Cruz said, ‘You can vote your conscience for anyone who will uphold the Constitution.’ In this election, there is only one candidate who will uphold the Constitution. So, to paraphrase Ted Cruz, if you want to protect the Constitution of the United States, the only possible candidate this fall is the Trump-Pence Republican ticket.”
The comments were an improvised addition to Gingrich’s speech.
Cruz told convention attendees not to “stay home in November” and to “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.”
He congratulated Trump at the beginning of his speech for securing the presidential nomination but did not move any closer than that to a formal endorsement.
The snub created chaos in the arena, with some delegates loudly booing and jeering Trump’s formal rival for the nomination.
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