Cruz fundraising off GOP convention speech
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 Reelection campaign starts now, like it or not Rise of big cities push Texas to swing-state territory — maybe by 2020 MORE (R-Texas) is fundraising off his controversial Republican National Convention speech that drew boos from attendees.

In an email sent early Thursday morning, Cruz called it an "honor" to speak at the convention the night before and said that going forward, he wanted to "remind you about the stakes."


"Americans are furious — rightly so — at a political establishment that cynically breaks its promises and ignores the will of the people," Cruz wrote.

"But there is is a better vision for our future: a return to freedom. If we choose freedom, our future will be brighter," he continued, using quotes from his Wednesday night speech in Cleveland.

Cruz said freedom will bring back jobs and raise wages — more lines from his GOP convention speech.

The Texas senator urged supporters to donate to his campaign, saying the fight is not about a particular candidate or campaign but about making sure the country does its best for the future of the country.

"We must make the most of our moment — to fight for freedom, to protect our God-given rights, even of those with whom we don’t agree, so when we are old, and our work is done, we will be able to say, 'Freedom matters, and I fought to save it,' " he said.

"I promise to lead the fight for freedom and our liberty every day from the United States Senate."

Cruz stirred controversy Wednesday night when he declined to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE during his speech. The Texas senator called on people to "vote your conscience," triggering boos and pro-Trump chants from the crowd.

Onlookers have speculated that Cruz was distancing himself from Trump in anticipation of a presidential run in 2020. Cruz battled Trump in a divisive primary earlier this year, before bowing out after losing the Indiana primary in May.

Reports Wednesday said top Republicans believe Cruz is planning to run for president in 2020 even if Trump is the incumbent president.