CLEVELAND (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz staunchly defended his decision not to endorse Donald Trump, saying on Thursday he was not the Republican presidential candidate's "servile puppy dog" in a damaging rift at the party's convention ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
Cruz, who came in second to Trump in the race for the Republican nomination after a bitter and personal campaign, was booed by delegates at the gathering in Cleveland on Wednesday night when he gave a speech but did not endorse Trump.
The conservative senator from Texas stood his ground on Thursday. He refused to say whether he would vote for Trump, who had maligned Cruz's wife for her physical appearance and had suggested that his father was linked to late President John F. Kennedy's assassin. more >>
When House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered a glowing introduction of Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday night, the governor humbly reacted: "He knows that the introduction I prefer is much shorter. I'm a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican, in that order."
For Ryan, however, the shorter introduction wasn't enough.
Pence, he told delegates at the convention, is "a man of solid character who sees public service as a calling, not a career." more >>
On Sunday, I learned that there were three more police officers shot and killed — this time in Baton Rouge. I listened to the news conference given by Baton Rouge police administration.
Every official who spoke asked Americans to pray — actually they begged us to pray! They pleaded with us to pray for their particular department, but also for every police department in our nation.
People of God, we know the God who answers prayer. We are well acquainted with the power of prayer. We have been given the mandate to pray for those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-4). more >>
I know that you and Mr. Clinton have been considered real friends of the African American community to the point that, before President Obama's election, your husband was jokingly referred to as the nation's first black president.
I also know that you have identified proudly as an "old fashioned Methodist" and that you warmly welcomed a contingent of African American pastors who laid hands on you and anointed you as the next president. more >>
The Republican National Convention erupted in chaos on Monday when some opponents of presumptive U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump stormed out of the room and chanted in protest at their failure to win a symbolic vote opposing his candidacy.
The turmoil threatened efforts by the Trump campaign to show the party had united behind the businessman-turned-politician and distracted from the day's theme of "Make America Safe Again," meant to depict Trump as a strong leader capable of shielding the country from violence and Islamist militancy.
The anti-Trump forces wanted to change the party's nominating rules to allow delegates to support alternative Republican candidates over Trump. more >>
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump never really enjoyed talking about each other, and it has actually become a pastime for the two to trade insults during the GOP campaign trail. Trump would tweet this, and Cruz would promptly reply an insult or two, but one way or another, it has to end for the Texas senator.
Ted Cruz gave a speech at the RNC and congratulated Donald Trump for winning the nomination. Crowds became impatient as the senator did not mention Trump's name again, leading to boos and cheers for Trump during the latter part of his 23-minute speech.
Cruz's Important Points more >>