Stating that Ted Cruz is “the best conservative among three good men,” Indiana Governor Mike Pence offered his endorsement of the Texas senator during a radio address on Friday.
Indiana’s GOP presidential primary will be held on May 3.
Pence, who has not publicly appeared with Cruz despite numerous campaign stops by the Texas senator in the Hoosier State, announced:
“I see Ted Cruz as a principled conservative who has dedicated his career to advocating the Reagan agenda.”
It should be noted Pence delayed an endorsement until Friday and had lavished praise on GOP frontrunner Donald Trump for “giving voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress in Washington D.C.,“ and expressed gratitude to Trump for taking a stand to protect Indiana’s jobs prior to throwing support to Cruz.
In what turned out to be a difficult week for the Texas senator, Mr. Cruz welcomed Gov. Pence’s endorsement, saying he “enthusiastically” welcomed the governor’s support.
Earlier in the week, former House Speaker John Boehner compared Cruz to “Lucifer,” and Cruz was easily dispatched by Trump in five primaries in Maryland, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware on April 26.
The most recent polls suggest Trump is in statistical tie with Cruz in Indiana, which is considered a “do-or-die” state for the Texas senator.
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