Texas Sen. Ted Cruz doubled down on his decision not to endorse Donald Trump for president in an impromptu interview Thursday, telling NBC News that Americans need to vote with the Constitution in mind.
"I laid out exactly what I hope to see our nominee do and everyone else, which is carry the message to the American people," Cruz told NBC's Hallie Jackson at what appeared to be Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
"Convince the American people — every candidate needs to do this — that we will defend liberty and be faithful to the Constitution."
Cruz then provided some advice for bringing the GOP together.
"As I said last night very explicitly, the way to unify the party is not to scream and yell and hurl insults," said Cruz, who addressed the delegates at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. "The way to unify the party is to stand behind shared principles and shared values. And like millions of voters, I will be watching and listening to the candidates."
The Texan added he won't vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton and said every voter should look at candidates up and down the ballot and ask themselves who they "trust to defend freedom and be faithful to the Constitution? That's the test that should be applied to every candidate."
Cruz's decision not to endorse Trump during his speech sparked outrage throughout the Republican party. Rep. Pete King, who already did not care for Cruz
, said on the convention floor, "he disgraced himself, he disgraced the party."
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Cruz has "got some explaining to do."
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