Cruz to hit campaign trail for Trump
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Senate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks Jim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz MORE (R-Texas) will appear with Republican vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties Dozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address MORE at two events Thursday, his first appearance on the campaign trail for presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE


Pence's spokesman, Marc Lotter, confirmed reports of the joint appearance on Twitter Thursday afternoon, retweeting a news story and referring to the schedule as "exciting." Cruz also retweeted the news.

The pair will campaign in Prole, Iowa, Thursday morning before an afternoon appearance in Portage, Mich. Cruz won the GOP presidential primary in Iowa and trailed Trump by about 10 points in Michigan.

Cruz's decision not to endorse Trump roiled the Republican National Convention this summer and prompted a revolt among many of Cruz's supporters — his own convention delegation booed him at an event the following day, and some top Texas lawmakers have reportedly begun to rumble about challenging him in a primary. 
Trump bristled at Cruz's non-endorsement, reviving conspiracy theories that Cruz's father had been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and declaring he would not accept Cruz's endorsement. He also reportedly weighed starting a super PAC to sink Cruz's political future
But the two former rivals have struck a political reconciliation, due in no small part to Cruz's warm respect for Pence.
Cruz ultimately endorsed Trump in October with a Facebook post arguing that Trump is the only chance for a conservative administration and stopping Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE.