Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' MORE is telling his supporters that he will not contest Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE's presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in July, according to a report by Politico.
In a conference call on Monday night, Cruz and his allies said the Texas senator wants to have a role in writing the party's platform but will not try to stop Trump.
“They made a point of saying, ‘This is not something nefarious we’re plotting at the convention,’ ” said Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), who was on the call.
“The Cruz team really just wants to make sure the platform reflects conservative values so that conservatives are excited about turning out this November and in the future,” added Buck, who chaired Cruz’s campaign in Colorado and plans on attending the convention as a delegate.
“The unspoken message [on the call] is that we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next three to four months in terms of Donald Trump and his message, who he chooses as vice president, and the best thing we can do is to be there and hope that Donald Trump proves he’s going to recognize conservatives in his administration.”
Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican and Virginia’s former attorney general, and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins also appeared on the call, according to Politico.
Cruz also briefly spoke with listeners during the 25-minute chat but did not outline detailed hopes for the convention in Cleveland this summer.
“[It] was very clear they were not trying to change the primary outcome, but wanting to influence rules and platform committee,” an anonymous source said of the call. "No specific plan rolled out, simply asking people to come to Cleveland.”
Cruz suspended his own White House run last week after a disappointing showing in Indiana’s Republican presidential primary. Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) soon followed suit, leaving Trump as the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.