From Daily Mail
Ted Cruz stunned the Republican commentariat on Friday by endorsing Donald Trump for president
The two men feuded endlessly this summer as Cruz and his loyalists tried to derail Trump’s nomination
Cruz was jeered and booed in July when he refused to endorse Trump at the Republican convention, telling delegates to ‘vote your conscience’
Trump said two days later that he wouldn’t accept Cruz’s endorsement if he offered one
But on Friday the two men buried the hatchet, with Trump saying he was ‘greatly honored’ and calling Cruz ‘a tough and brilliant opponent’
Ted Cruz finally jumped aboard the Trump train on Friday, stunning conservative stalwarts by encouraging Republicans to vote for the GOP nominee he feuded with for months and once called a ‘pathological liar.’
‘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,’ Cruz wrote on Facebook.
‘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,’ he explained.
His decision came as Trump and Clinton appear locked in a statistical dead heat in polls, and a mounting confidence within the Republican’s circle that he could win – and jitters in Hillary Clinton’s camp over her evaporating lead.
Cruz went out of his way to pin his decision firmly on anti-Clinton sentiment – but said that Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees was what swayed him.
‘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.’
Trump responded with a statement minutes later that was far more gracious than what he was saying and tweeting months earlier.
‘I am greatly honored by the endorsement of Senator Cruz,’ he said Friday. ‘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.’
Cruz’s decision was prompted by Trump’s release of an expanded list of potential Supreme Court nominees – including his best friend, Utah Sen. Mike Lee.
Although Lee quickly said he’s not interested in serving on the high court, the move was seen as an olive branch to Cruzworld.
Trump told DailyMail.com in May that he wouldn’t put Cruz himself on the Supreme Court, citing his ‘temperament.’
That came two months before Cruz stunned the Republican National Convention by refusing to endorse him in a prime-time speech.
‘Please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience,’ Cruz said then, drawing jeers and boos. vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.’
Two days later at a campaign event in Ohio, Trump said he was putting Cruz in the rear-view mirror.
‘I don’t want his endorsement. If he gives it, I will not accept it, just so you understand. I will not accept it,’ he said then.
On Friday Cruz laid out a laundry list of reasons he’s changed his mind.
Cruz was also heartened by Trump’s public backing of an Internet freedom measure he promoted in the Senate.
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