Ted Cruz steals Mike Pence’s thunder in Cleveland stunner

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, kisses Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana after Pence's acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, kisses Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana after Pence's acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, kisses Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana after Pence's acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, kisses Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana after Pence’s acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

CLEVELAND — What was supposed to be Mike Pence’s night to introduce himself to the nation and build unity around the GOP ticket during the third night of the Republican National Convention was overshadowed by the deafening boos that chased Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz off the stage when he refused to endorse the party’s presidential nominee.

In other words, it was nothing short of a stunning night in Ohio.

Cruz and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, two of Donald Trump’s most formidable former opponents, were supposed to be a part of a powerful show of party unity. Instead, they both stopped short of embracing the man who, on Thursday, will accept the GOP nomination.

The drama took the shine off Pence’s big debut as the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, one that was otherwise strong and self-assured.

And Trump’s response?

Read our full dispatch here. 

 


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