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Ted Cruz says he was not invited to participate in GOP convention

Ted Cruz says he was not invited to participate in GOP convention
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTomi Lahren says CPAC attendees clearly want Trump to run in 2024 OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden returns to Obama-era greenhouse gas calculation | House passes major public lands package | Biden administration won't defend Trump-era relaxation of bird protections Cruz hits back at Boehner for telling him to 'go f--- yourself' MORE (R-Texas) in an interview published Wednesday said he wasn't invited to participate in the Republican National Convention, but said he "would have been happy" to join the list of speakers touting President Trump's renomination.

"They didn't ask me to participate," Cruz told the New York Times in a phone interview from his house in Houston. "So, I'm not on the speakers' roster."

In the interview, Cruz, who ran his presidential bid against Trump in 2016, lauded the current administration's "remarkable policy successes," praising the "historic economic boom" Trump often touts as the main success point of his last four years in office.

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The content of the RNC this week has focused heavily on the administration's previous historic job numbers and low unemployment rate, following such praise with condemnation for the Chinese Communist Party and blame for the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in a tanking economy and rising unemployment numbers in March.

While Cruz has done much work to bolster his positioning during his off-campaign years working as a Texas senator — While also hosting his own podcast as well as a planned book release -- a former adviser for the senator said it was wise for Cruz to stay out of the president's limelight.

“Both the podcast and the book I have coming out this fall are different means of defending our constitutional liberties,” he said to the Times.

Amanda Carpenter, former Cruz aide who has voiced opposition towards the Trump administration, said, "I think the smart money is to lay low and see how this shakes out." 

"It is a huge risk for speakers to try to hitch their star to Trump in this moment," she added.

Cruz is also known for his biting comments against the current president back in 2016, calling him a "pathological liar" and "serial philanderer," though he has since refrained from making such comments.

Despite his past competitive claims, Cruz said his endorsement for Trump came after his commitment to name a Supreme Court justice via a public list of considered nominees, calling the move a significant win for GOP agendas.