Republican National Convention: Reaching for unity on day three
CLEVELAND – Ted Cruz arguably stole the show on the third day of the Republican National Convention. In his prime-time address, he pointedly refused to offer his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, triggering a chorus of boos that followed him off the stage.
The moment highlighted issues around the unification of the Republican Party. Cruz’s speech followed unrest on the convention floor Monday and the Never Trump Republicans’ last stand Tuesday, all of which revealed perennial fractures within the GOP.
Cruz’s move also overshadowed a speech by Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s recently announced running mate. The Indiana governor touted his conservative credentials and took aim at presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Night three of the Republican National Convention also included several speeches from former candidates Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio — both of whom previously expressed hesitation in endorsing Trump.
Amid tension within the GOP, Trump and his surrogates had the task of persuading party officials and viewers alike that the businessman is the right person to “Make America First Again,” the theme of the evening.
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