Letters to the Editor

Ted Cruz missed opportunity at RNC

In my opinion, Sen. Ted Cruz missed a big opportunity speaking at the Republican National Convention when he could have used different wording to accomplish the same result.

In my opinion, spoken words are taken literally and can sometimes only be interpreted one way. I’ll state what I mean, but let me explain previous events first:

During the very contentious Republican primary, Donald Trump not only made unflattering remarks about Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, but he made unsubstantiated statements about Cruz’s father.

If you want to pick a fight with me —or with most people — then pick on my parents, wife or children. With that being said, I totally understand the animosity and, perhaps, contempt Cruz may still have for Trump.

But to stand up on prime-time television and tell conservatives “to vote your conscience” was not a very smart political move for Cruz, no matter what his future political aspirations may be for himself and the state of Texas.

Simply chosen words such as “I realize those of you like me, who are true conservatives, know our fight is not over, and I urge you to vote for and support our Republican Party candidate in November, as I will also do.”

Enough said — not an endorsement.

The media may try to spin the wording of his statement as an endorsement, but the response can always be the same from Cruz: “The words speak for themselves.”

Bob Usey

Gulfport

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