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Cruz Not the First to Not Endorse Nominee

By Cathy Burke

Sen. Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump isn’t without precedent — it followed the example of GOP icon Ronald Reagan in 1976, a presidential historian says.

Reagan historian Craig Shirley, author of “Reagan Rising,” wrote on his website last March that the 40th president “did not speak of or even endorse the candidacy of Gerald R. Ford for president of the United States.” 

He also tweeted the assertion Wednesday:

Trump supporters are accusing Cruz of betraying Reagan’s legacy with the non-endorsement speech in Cleveland, including Trump campaign chairman Sam Clovis, Mediaite reports.

According to Mediaite political reporter Alex Griswold, however, Reagan’s 1976 address thanked Ford for being kind to him and wife Nancy, but then “pivoted away from Ford entirely” and praised the new Republican platform “and ignored the sitting Republican president standing ten feet away from him.”

“In essence, Reagan gave a Reagan campaign speech on the stage of a Ford convention.”

“It was only in the final seconds of his speech that he addressed the newly-minted Republican nominee again: ‘We must go forth from here united, determined that what a great general said a few years ago is true: There is no substitute for victory, Mr. President.’

“If broad calls for unity and victory are now counted as endorsements, than Cruz issued an endorsement yesterday,” Griswold writes.