Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonNew Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday MORE on Thursday said Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz says he hopes McConaughey 'decides not to run' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Court fines baker 0 for refusing to make gender transition cake MORE (R-Texas) essentially called on people to vote for the Libertarian Party nominee during his GOP convention speech.

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"Well, he did say to vote for Gary Johnson, didn't he?" Johnson said Thursday on CNN.

"And that was 'vote your conscience,' " he said with a laugh.

Cruz declined to endorse Donald TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE for president on Wednesday night while speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, telling the crowd instead, "vote your conscious." His decision stirred controversy and drew loud jeers from the crowd. 

Cruz also said during the speech that people need to vote for a candidate who will uphold the Constitution.

Johnson said he would "certainly" uphold the Constitution as president.

"We are a country governed by laws, and the heart of those laws are the Constitution," Johnson said.

"And Donald Trump, wasn't he saying that he's going to look at making it easier to sue the media — First Amendment, what's that? First Amendment, that's in the Constitution of the United States."