Thought’ She Would Say About Ted Cruz
Jul. 22, 2016 7:08pm Tré Goins-Phillips
“I never thought I would say these words, but, Ted Cruz was right,” Hillary Clinton admitted during a rally Friday in Tampa, Florida.
Clinton, who is poised to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president next week, praised the conservative Texas senator for encouraging people to “vote your conscience” during his much-criticized speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. While Cruz did congratulate Donald Trump for securing the GOP presidential nomination, he did not endorse the billionaire businessman.
“Something has gone terribly wrong when someone says ‘vote your conscience’ and gets booed,” the former secretary of state told the large gathering of supporters.
Clinton encouraged voters to take Cruz’s advice in November by voting for the presidential candidate that best represents their beliefs.
“In this election, do the right thing, and vote your conscience, vote for your future, vote for a United States of America,” she said.
After it became clear Cruz would not be throwing his endorsement behind Trump, delegates gathered Wednesday night in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena began booing the one-time presidential hopeful until he concluded his remarks and exited the stage.
In a press conference Friday, Trump blasted Cruz, telling reporters that, if the Texas lawmaker endorses him, he “will not accept it.” He went on to say Cruz should just “stay home” and “relax” instead.