Pence Affirms Support For Cruz After Trump Casts Doubt On Endorsement

May 2, 2016 7:50 a.m.

After Donald Trump said that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s (R) endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was unconvincing, the governor wrote a Sunday op-ed detailing why he backs Cruz’s presidential bid.

“In making my decision to support Ted, I am guided by the principles best espoused by former President Ronald Reagan,” Pence wrote in an op-ed in the Indianapolis Star. “I am a Reagan Republican; drawn to his vision of less taxes, less government, traditional values and a strong military. Ted articulates that same agenda with an unwavering devotion to our Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights.”

“My vote goes to Ted Cruz because he is a principled conservative who will work to protect our constitutional liberties, bring back better-paying jobs, and serve all Americans with the character and judgment needed to revive our national strength,” the governor continued.

Pence announced his endorsement of Cruz on Friday, but while doing so, he also offered praise for Donald Trump and said he would support the eventual Republican nominee. He said that Trump has given a “voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans.”

Trump pounced on Pence’s comments, arguing that the Indiana governor was “nicer” to him while endorsing Cruz.

“I mean, everyone thought he gave me the endorsement because he started off ‘Donald Trump, I really want to thank him,’ and then he finished with me. And somewhere in between, he said he’ll vote for Cruz,” Trump said on “Fox and Friends” on Sunday, according to Politico. “But you could see that was not a real loving endorsement.”

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