CLEVELAND — Sen. Ted Cruz’s Texas-size political ambitions will be on full display Wednesday as the primary runner-up delivers a prime-time convention speech, but holds off on a full-throated endorsement of Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The conservative senator repeatedly clashed with Trump during a bitter primary fight, with the New York businessman mocking the lawmaker as “Lyin’ Ted.” With an eye toward 2020, Cruz’s team drafted a convention speech focusing on adherence to the Constitution, a calling card for conservatives and a perceived contrast with Trump.

Cruz has not endorsed Trump despite pleas for party unity from the campaign and senior GOP officials, and there was no sign he would change his position.

Texas fundraiser Mica Mosbacher said Wednesday that Cruz has taken a “quantum leap” with his convention speech after a rough primary, but based on conversations with his advisers the senator and his team are not ready to fully back Trump.

“I think they’re about 80 percent there,” said Mosbacher, who expects Cruz to make overtures toward unity in his remarks.

  • Arbie Viau

    Well, Cruz didn’t disappoint me, I knew he was up to no good, that’s who he is! There wasn’t anything great about his speech, because he doesn’t even believe the lies he spewed out. How can you believe in “freedom” when you believe otherwise? Ted Cruz and his wife are for the New World Order, which is what the elite establishment want for America. His wife is an officer in the North American Union, which is the avenue and organization to bring it in. Trump is right, he is a liar to the fullest extent, because the NWO will bring Mexico, Canada and USA under one government subject to the rules/laws of the United Nation and goodbye to the Constitution. So, how does that parallel with his speech? It doesn’t! So, liar, liar, pants on fire! Amen? Amen!!

  • justinwachin

    Ted Cruz made a great speech. It reminds me of the Reagan speech in the 1976 convention. Only time will tell whether it plays out the same way for Ted Cruz.

  • SDofAZ

    Cruz is still an Ass I see! It is time to man up Cruz and put your big boy pants on. We are sick of your petty behavior. Grow up or get out of politics. I thought at one time you might be a choice, glad I knocked that thought out early. It started with the games you played on the doc. Dirty little politician games. You can forget another run for prez as long as we see your butt showing!

    • David Fowler

      Cruz also says that he wants the Constitution strictly followed. All of it except for the NBC requirement for POTUS, that is.

  • Webb

    Cruz Lost…For One I am Sorry!
    But I refuse to see Hillary in the Whitehouse…Vote Trump!
    Or as All Know with Hillary, all We will get is more “Hope and Change” as if Obama was still in Office…

    • SDofAZ

      Called total destruction and disintegration of this counry..

  • Marion E McKenzie

    Cruz If you have any idea of running for Public Office Again you best support Trump..Your actions have Proven you are not ready for the Office of President of the United States..GROW UP…

    • American Me

      I was just thinking the same thing.Wasn’t there a pledge to support whoever won the nomination?They whined until Trump signed it and now they are going back on their word.I don’t like that.Lying TED

  • Sal Belardo

    Imagine Hillary Clinton going into a Black church and lying! What a despicable human being!

    • Retired

      She will be doing that after the Democrat convention.

    • disqus_BAvz0LV7zw

      I cannot stand looking at her face, especially her huge mouth!

      • Pete

        Sin extracts it’s price on the physical body. Both her and Bill show the ravages of their decades long dance with the devil.

      • Dolores Adams

        Me either.

    • Pete

      It is in her blood, she will lie when the truth would serve her better. She just simply can not help it, it’s an addiction.

    • Elaine

      If it’s perverse, tacky, rude, socially unacceptable and has a 99.9999% chance of being illegal, Hillary would do it. She wouldn’t hesitate to lie to a black congregation in church. She lies to blacks OUTSIDE of church, what would be the difference to her?? Or should I say, “What difference does it make?”

  • Retired

    Cruz continues to damage himself by not supporting Trump and any future chance of getting into the white house.

    • SDofAZ

      He is a whiner and a big sore loser. But his future is forming as we post, too many are seeing his real persona. His speech will be a wooper I am sure. Big baby fits along with Lying Ted!



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  • Patrick Driscoll

    does raise the question whether he is qualified for this position at the convention. It is alright if he is not up to this, but why has someone else not taken his place?

    • Pete

      The R A T pack had hoped to dump Trump and have Cruz as the fall guy. Cruz first of all isn’t a snide back biting little twit like many in the RAT pack are. He I believe will give a good account of himself and at the same time cut the rug out from under the Never-Trumpers.
      There are about 8 million of us who voted for him in the primary that saw him as 100% committed to keeping Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the White House. Last time she was there she swiped the furniture!
      If Cruz isn’t smart enough to know that any course but support for the Republican nominee is an endorsement of Hillary we have sorely misjudged him.

      • SDofAZ

        We will see, at this point I expect him to show his butt, again!

        • Pete

          You called it, He did show his rear this morning in a news conference. We misjudged him. The vote for him was a mistake.

  • I Seigel

    There sure were a lot of Cruz supporters here just a few months ago! What happened to you?!?! Did you all just crawl back into your little hidey holes, and we’ll see you again in 2019?

    • Wingedgodd3ss

      Hopefully they will “people” up and vote for trump to save our republic…

    • Pete

      We are supporting the parties choice of Trump as the nominee, just like any loyal American should. Any other course is that of a traitor to his fellow Americans.

      • I Seigel

        Oh absolutely! God forbid you’d have a difference of opinion. To be American is to give up free will and drink the Kool Aid. Is that about right?

        • Pete

          You would instead have me work to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, a woman who is every bit as evil as and the functional equivalent of the biblical Jezebel the wife of traitorous king Ahab!!

          • I Seigel

            I wouldn’t have you do Jack Squat. I’m interested in YOUR choice and your reason for it. Mine are not of any interest.

          • Pete

            I gave it to you slick. Like it or not, it is now either Trump or Hillary in the White House 20 January 2017. Working against Trump is tactic support for Hillary Rodham Clinton & it is therefore traitorous to the good of the American people.

          • I Seigel

            There are plenty of Republicans who aren’t supporting Trump. Are you calling them all traitors, or are they just people acting on their conscience or their gut?

          • David Fowler

            There are really only two choices on the ballot. Any vote that is not for Trump is essentially a vote for Hillary. If you won’t vote for Trump, just be honest about it and vote directly for Hillary.

          • Arbie Viau

            Those Republicans are the “elite establishment” RINO’s that ARE TRAITORS long before the elections even started. Trump has them scared shitless because they want globalization and we the people and Trump don’t. Their conscience shit is so phony, why don’t they just come out and say vote for Hillary. David Fowler’s answer to you is correct.

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