Sen. Ted Cruz congratulates Donald Trump without endorsing him in a rollercoaster speech on the third night of the Republican National Convention.
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“Of course, Obama and Clinton will also tell you that they care about our country’s future. And I want to believe them. But there is a profound difference in our two visions of our country’s future.... We stand here tonight as a nation divided. And citizens are furious — rightly furious — at a political establishment that cynically breaks its promises and ignores the will of the people... Freedom means free speech, not politically correct safe spaces," Cruz said about President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
"There is a better vision for our future," Cruz said, not naming Trump. "A return to freedom."
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"We deserve an immigration system that puts America first. And yes, builds a wall to keep us safe," he also said.
The look on the Trumps faces as they watched Cruz’s speech pic.twitter.com/0FoGaoM9Xp— Jon Passantino (@passantino) July 21, 2016
"To those listening," he added. "Please, don't stay home in November. If you love our country... stand and speak and vote your concsience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution."
Vote your conscience. https://t.co/xahMq2sU1q— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 21, 2016
Chants of: "We want Trump!" erupted throughout the room when Cruz asked voters to vote their conscience. "We appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation," Cruz replied.
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Ted Cruz inturrupted by chants of: "We want Trump!"
The moment when reaction to Cruz's speech turned from applause to booing:
Sen. Mike Lee cheers: "We love you, Ted!"
Trump enters the convention hall while Cruz is still speaking:
UPDATE: Trump tweets: "Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!"
Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016