Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was booed by many at the Republican National Convention when he refused to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on July 20 (video below).
On July 21, Cruz faced heat from Texas delegates who wanted to know why he did not endorse his own party's choice, notes The Hill.
An unidentified woman asked Cruz about his pledge during a GOP debate about supporting the Republican nominee.
I will tell you, when I stood on that debate stage and they asked every candidate there, "If you don't win, will you support the nominee?" I raised my hand and I raised my hand enthusiastically with full intention of doing exactly that. And I'll tell you the day that pledge was abdicated.
The day that was abdicated was the day this became personal. And as I said at the time, and I'm not going to get into criticizing or attacking Donald Trump, but I'll just give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.
And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi that I'm gonna nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father.
Regardless of his reasons, Cruz was slammed by former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who told Breitbart News:
Cruz’s broken pledge to support the will of the people tonight was one of those career-ending "read my lips" moments. I guarantee American voters took notice and felt more unsettling confirmation as to why we don’t much like typical politicians -- because they campaign one way, but act out another way. That kind of political status quo has got to go because it got us into the mess we’re in with America’s bankrupt budgets and ramped-up security threats.
During an interview on Fox News, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee also slammed Cruz, notes Mediaite: "He dishonored himself and the convention. I am absolutely disgusted with what he did last night."