Indiana Governor Mike Pence said that he’s voting for Ted Cruz in the Indiana primary on May 3 but not before praising the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
“Now, I have met with all three of the candidates as of about Tuesday of this week. And I want to say, I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates in the field,” Pence said on conservative radio host Greg Garrison’s show in Indianapolis on April 28.
“I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress in Washington, D.C.”
He assured the host, “I’m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 29, 2016
Pence continued his endorsement saying, “I really admire the way Ted Cruz has been willing to stand up for taxpayers in opposing runaway spending, deficits, and debt, calling for and leading on repealing Obamacare.”
His endorsement of Cruz over Trump was Cruz’s adherence to and knowledge of the Constitution, and his principled stance on freedoms:
I’m very impressed with Ted Cruz’s devotion and knowledge of the Constitution of the United States. Of the freedoms that are enshrined there in our bill of rights from our liberties to our Second Amendment and of course, I appreciate his strong and unwavering stand for the sanctity of life. But it’s for those reasons and just as much in support of the principles that have always animated my public service that I’m voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary.
The high profile endorsement the Governor comes as Ted Cruz lobbies to win the state of Indiana which he says will stop Trump from getting the required 1,237 delegates.
“Indiana is absolutely pivotal. If Trump loses Indiana, he can’t get to 1,237,” Cruz said, expanding on the importance stressed in an Indianapolis rally where he said that Indiana will decide whether or not Trump gets the nomination.
Pence’s endorsement is a continuation of the push Cruz is making in the Hoosier State—in the days prior he announced an alliance with John Kasich—which was later recanted—he announced his VP pick Carly Fiorina, and now he’s picked up the governor’s endorsement.
Even with this last push before the primary, Trump is still ahead of Cruz in every poll coming out of Indiana, with the margin being between 2 and 9 points.