Cruz holds back support for Trump with eye on abortion

Cruz holds back support for Trump with eye on abortion
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Trail: Pence's knives come out Pat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE (R-Texas) is promising to hold Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE’s feet to the fire on abortion.

Cruz said Thursday he would personally ensure the presumptive GOP presidential nominee does not dismantle or dilute the party's fierce opposition to abortion in its platform.  

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“You have my word,” Cruz told Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, according to Politico.

“We intend to do everything we can to fight for conservative principles to prevent Washington forces from watering down the platform," he continued.

The Texas senator delivered blistering attacks against Trump on social issues during his presidential campaign. He dropped out May 4 after a crushing defeat to the billionaire businessman in Indiana’s primary.

Cruz has yet to announce his support for Trump, and his holdout could help pressure Trump on issues like abortion.

"The platform is a manifestation of what we believe as a party, and I think it is important that it continue to reflect conservative values, free-market values, constitutional liberties, Judeo-Christian principles,” Cruz said.

Trump has been a thorn in the side of anti-abortion activists throughout this year’s election cycle.

In April, Trump said women should be punished for getting an abortion if the procedure was made illegal — comments ignoring decades of conservative doctrine on abortion that maintains the women are also victims. He later walked back the remarks, which had conservatives fuming.

Leaders of anti-abortion groups have struggled to support Trump, who in the past praised Planned Parenthood and once described himself as “strongly pro-choice.”

Many of the same groups have long warned that Trump has created a weak point for the GOP in the general elections and are still waiting for assurances that he will maintain an anti-abortion stance in office.

Recently, Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees, many of whom touted solidly anti-abortion records.