As the Republican National Convention is set to begin, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scheduled to give a speech in Cleveland, he still is unwilling to say if he will endorse Donald Trump for president.
Speaking to Politico's "Off Message" podcast
, Cruz said he intends to use his convention speech to outline his own vision of the Republican Party, a non-Trump alternative for the party's future.
When asked if he intends to support Trump, Cruz said, "In this election I am where a great many voters are, which is that I am listening and watching and coming to a decision."
Cruz did not detail what he plans to say in his speech but it's clear that he has long-term goals.
"This is a battle of ideas . . . Most wars are not won in a single battle. What I'm looking forward to is changing the course this country is on. I don't know if that happens in this election cycle or not."
Despite this reluctance to throw his support behind Trump, the presumptive nominee has still allowed him a prime-time slot, which shows that he needs Cruz more than the Texas senator needs Trump.
Even though Cruz lost, he still won 12 states and some 600 delegates, as well as raising a record $92 million and attracting more than 300,000 volunteers to his campaign.
Trump has made some progress in unifying the party, but not as successfully as Hillary Clinton has in bringing together the left wing of the Democratic Party that was loyal to Sen. Bernie Sanders.
One illustration of how far there still is to go in unifying the Republican Party is that Cruz, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. John Kasich, have so far refused to give up all the data they collected during the primaries to the party organization for the use of the winning nominee, a step that is usually a routine matter in every presidential race, Bloomberg reports
This data could come in very useful, because many of the other Republican campaigns knew far more about who Trump's supporters were than his own campaign did, and this information could be very valuable in the race against Clinton.
"It could be contentious because all these guys are running in four years and don't want to give it back," a Republican consultant told Bloomberg.
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