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Photo: Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the third night of the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2016. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Ted Cruz Non-endorsement Rattles Convention 6 MIN, 18 SEC

Last night, Texas Senator Ted Cruz outraged Trump supporters with a convention speech that congratulated Donald Trump for winning the Republican nomination but failed to endorse the presidential nominee. Today, Cruz doubled down — explaining why he broke a promise made during the primary campaign.

NPR's political reporter Asma Khalid was on the floor of the convention last night.

Guests:
Asma Khalid, NPR (@asmamk)

The Wilderness

McKay Coppins

Trump's Unconventional Convention Gets More Chaotic than Ever 43 MIN, 53 SEC

Last night's introductory address by Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence has been completely overshadowed by outspoken hostility among Republicans. Texas Senator Ted Cruz used his prime time speech to infuriate Trump supporters by refusing to endorse the presidential nominee. Whatever Trump himself says tonight in a bid for unity, disputes over the "Soul of the Party" are bound to continue — win or lose in November. The management of the convention has raised questions about the potential staff in a Trump White House. In the meantime, Trump has told the New York Times he might reduce support for NATO allies — a sweeping change in decades of foreign policy.

Guests:
Lawrence Garvey, Rockland County Republican Committee
Grant Moody, Texas delegate (@grantmoody)
McKay Coppins, The Atlantic (@mckaycoppins)
Kyle Kondik, Sabato's Crystal Ball / University of Virginia (@kkondik)
James Kirchick, Foreign Policy Initiative / Daily Beast / Tablet (@jkirchick)
Shane Goldmacher, Politico (@ShaneGoldmacher)

More:
Coppins on Trump campaign's toxicity quashing Kasich's plans for unifying GOP
Goldmacher on the GOP's Shadow Convention

The Bellwether

Kyle Kondik

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