Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort says ''in a backhanded way'' Senator Ted Cruz's speech at the Republican National Convention helped to unify the party. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) "In a backhanded way, even with what Senator Cruz did, we think Mr. Trump's commitment to unifying the party was enhanced last night," says Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort during a news conference on Thursday (July 21). 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 dubbed him a liar and attacked his father and wife during the primary campaign, although he did say he would not vote for the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Cruz told a meeting of the Texas delegation in Cleveland. "What I wanted to do last night was lay out the principles I believe we should stand for as Republicans," Cruz said. The fight was the latest misstep at the four-day party meeting, which was meant to be an occasion showing Republicans rallying behind Trump, an New York businessman who has never been elected to public office but who saw off 16 rivals in the primary contests.