What 11 Texas Delegates Thought of Ted Cruz’s RNC Speech

Sen. Ted Cruz was met with a standing ovation when he walked onto the stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday in Cleveland, but left to boos after he failed to endorse Donald Trump and told the audience to “vote your conscience.”

Independent Journal Review spoke to Texas delegates about what they thought of their senator’s speech. Here is what 11 of them said:

Janis Holt from Silsbee, Texas:

“When he ended it the way he ended it, I sat down, I had tears in my eyes. It’s a sad day for Texas and it’s a sad day for America. I feel like the damage he has done to this convention is enormous.”

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Anna Maria Farias from San Antonio, Texas:

“If Hillary wins, he’s going to be partly responsible for it. … Sen. Cruz is a brilliant man, but he behaved like a spoiled brat. He came here and he’s upset he didn’t win.”

A North Texas delegate who asked to be unnamed:

“I felt like Sen. Cruz went as far as he could go in good conscience. I suspect that he wanted to send a message that we can unite in principle.”

Delegates from Texas listen as Texas Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz addresses the third evening session of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016. The cost of the convention for the Republican Party will run some $64 million. The number of visitors expected in Cleveland is 50,000, including 15,000 journalists and 2,472 delegates (there are also 2,302 alternate delegates. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sherry Hurt from West, Texas:

“I have no respect for him. … He had a pity party on the stage.”

Ken Cope from Midlothian, Texas:

“I’m not happy with the fact he didn’t endorse. … It was not Reaganesque. He missed an opportunity.”

Will Robbins from Beaumont, Texas:

“I think it’s a poor reflection on Texas and Texas Republicans.”

US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaks on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 20, 2016. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dianne Caron from Tyler, Texas:

“Two words come to mind: lost opportunity. I think Mike Huckabee made a good point before the convention: no endorsement, no mic.”

Reginald Grant from Huffman, Texas:

“Ted Cruz is Ted. Don’t sit at home, go out and vote. He never said don’t vote for Donald Trump.”

Ryan Richards from Seminole, Texas:

“I thought the principles he spoke on were great … but I expected an endorsement and so did much of the delegation here. We were not pleased, most of us, because this is the time to come together.”

US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaks on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 20, 2016. / AFP / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Carl Tepper from Lubbock, Texas:

“It looks like he went off script and if you’re going to speak at a nomination convention then endorse the nominee.”

Bonnie Lugo from Houston, Texas:

“I found it really disappointing … self serving.”

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