The media is still abuzz over the fact that Texas Senator Ted Cruz failed to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump during his speech on Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, whose speech directly followed Cruz’s, offered an interesting clarification of the Texas Senator’s admonition to the gathering to “vote your consciences.”
“Now, I think you misunderstood one paragraph that Ted Cruz, who was a superb orator, said. And I just want to point it out to you,” Gingrich said. “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. That way, we have a Republican ticket to implement Republican principles in Washington.”
In the end, perhaps Cruz’s statement was an endorsement–just not the full throated one most Republicans had hoped for.