Ted Cruz

Shelley D. Kofler / Texas Public Radio

With his presidential race behind him Republican Ted Cruz has returned to his old job as Texas senator.  He’s now on a Texas tour talking about issues he wants to tackle in Congress.

In San Antonio, at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Ted Cruz never once mentioned the billionaire opponent who dubbed him "Lyin' Ted." And he didn’t take media questions.  Instead, he focused on themes he’s often talked about as Texas’ junior senator.

"My No. 1 priority is jobs and economic growth," he says.

Members of the delegation from Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz's home state, looked shellshocked in the concourse of the Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.

Cruz had just delivered a nighttime speech in which he did not endorse Donald Trump. Instead, he told the Republican National Convention to "vote your conscience." As he walked off the stage, the crowd booed.

It was supposed to be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's political coming-out party, but drama with Ted Cruz largely overshadowed his moment at the Republican National Convention.

The crowd quickly turned on Cruz on Wednesday night after he refused to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

The Texas senator and Republican primary runner-up was initially met with a warm reception, holding the crowd in the palm of his hand as he told emotional stories about the recent police shootings in Dallas and how America had to defend the Constitution and the freedoms of speech and religion.

Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan to Address Texas Delegation in Cleveland

Jul 15, 2016
Photo by Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan are among those speaking to the Texas delegation next week at the Republican National Convention, according to a tentative schedule obtained by The Texas Tribune.

Texas Tribune

The theme of the Texas GOP Convention, which ended Saturday in Dallas, was “Unite to Win.”  But loyal Republicans gathered there didn’t appear to be ready to unite behind the anticipated party nominee, Donald Trump.  It’s another sign of how fractured the party is in Texas and beyond. 



In the Texas GOP Presidential Primary this past March, 44 percent voted for Texas’ Junior Senator Ted Cruz.   Donald Trump captured just 27 percent of the vote.