Gov. Mike Pence’s endorsement of Ted Cruz last week was a big moment for Cruz made somewhat awkward by Pence’s praise for Donald Trump. Trump himself highlighted it on Fox News Sunday saying, “By the way, if you really take a look at Mike Pence I think he gave me more of an endorsement than he gave Cruz.”
On Sunday, Pence took a second bite at the apple with an Op Ed titled, “Why I will vote for Ted Cruz”:
I had the pleasure to meet with all three candidates running for the Republican nomination and to hear their plans for America. We discussed the great progress taking place in Indiana’s economy and how our state needs a partner in the White House.
While I like and respect each of our candidates, I am voting for Ted Cruz on Tuesday.
In making my decision to support Ted, I am guided by the principles best espoused by former President Ronald Reagan. I am a Reagan Republican; drawn to his vision of less taxes, less government, traditional values and a strong military. Ted articulates that same agenda with an unwavering devotion to our Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
The piece concludes, “My vote goes to Ted Cruz because he is a principled conservative who will work to protect our constitutional liberties, bring back better-paying jobs, and serve all Americans with the character and judgment needed to revive our national strength.”
At least Pence didn’t praise Donald Trump this time, but there’s not a lot of time left for this 2nd take endorsement to have an impact. The RCP average of polls has Trump winning the Indiana primary by 9.3 points and the two most recent polls are +15 and +17 for Trump.