Cruz praises Pence, but isn't yet sold on Trump endorsement
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Senate panel votes to scrap Iraq war authorizations | Police officer fatally stabbed outside Pentagon ID'd | Biden admin approves first Taiwan arms sale Senate panel votes to repeal Iraq war authorizations America's pandemic of COVID hypocrisy MORE (R-Texas) praised Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceVirginia couple gets home detention in Jan. 6 case Officers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump MORE, in a new interview, but apparently he is still not ready to endorse the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

"I think very highly of Pence — he's a good man," Cruz told Politico, according to an excerpt of an interview that will be posted Monday morning.

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“I think he’s been a good governor. He did a good job in Congress. And so, you know, I certainly congratulate him on being named."

But Cruz, who will speak at the Republican National Convention next week, said he has yet to make up his mind about endorsing Trump.

“In this election I am where a great many voters are," he said, "which is that I am listening and watching and coming to a decision.”

During the primary contests, Trump launched a series of personal attacks against the Texas senator. Cruz shot back, calling the presumptive GOP nominee a "pathological liar" and a "narcissist."

Cruz has yet to offer an endorsement of Trump. He said he plans to use a speech at the GOP convention in Cleveland to talk about the need for the country to change its direction after eight years under the Obama administration.