There will be no Texas two-step on Ted Cruz’s much-belated decision to endorse Donald Trump. The Texas senator told a local TV station in Muleshoe, Texas, on Monday that despite lewd video showing Trump joking of unwanted sexual advances on women he would still back Trump over Hillary Clinton.
“I am supporting the Republican nominee because I think Hillary Clinton is an absolute disaster. Now my differences with Donald, I have articulated at great length during the campaign. And I tried all my might,” Cruz told Maggan Rennels of Channel 6. “It was an amazing journey.”
Rennels followed up by asking Cruz about whether he’d run for president again. Cruz didn’t rule it out: “We’ll see what the future holds.” He’s also up for reelection in 2018.
Some of Cruz’s advisers were arguing over the weekend that he should withdraw his endorsement of Trump in the aftermath of the Washington Post’s bombshell report on Trump’s 2005 remarks in a hot mic. Cruz had finally endorsed Trump in September after his infamous “vote your conscience” snub at the Republican National Convention in July — only to see droves of Republcian desert his onetime rival on Saturday.
Cruz’s reasoning was the same on Monday as it was two weeks ago: That the election is a binary choice between Trump and Hilary Clinton, and he deems Clinton far worse.
“This is an election unlike any other, but I tell you Hillary Clinton I think is manifestly unfit to be president. The policies she’s advancing are the continuation of eight years of Barack Obama,” Cruz said after giving a brief review of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant and posing for pictures with employees. “We need to have a president, we need to have leaders in Washington that will fight to defend our jobs, to get government off our back and to defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights to keep us safe.”
And for Cruz that leader this election is Donald Trump, even after Trump posted an unflattering photograph of Cruz’s wife Heidi, linked his father Rafael to the JFK assassination, and was shown to have used what Cruz called “disturbing and inappropriate” comments in 2005. Cruz leaned on the importance if a conservative Supreme Court as a key reason for backing Trump.
Trump said on Sunday that a justice who supports the Constitution and Second Amendment is important and that he’d put out a list of “highly respected” prospective judges. Then he quickly changed the subject, asking HIllary Clinton why she hasn’t helped fund her own campaign.