|The Ted Cruz booth at the Minnesota Republican |
convention. MinnPost photo by Brian Halliday
Despite the apparent inevitability of Donald Trump becoming the GOP presidential nominee, former presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz maintained an active presence at the Minnesota Republican convention.
A Cruz campaign booth, staff, and video at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center seemed to indicate that Cruz is preparing for the 2020 presidential year. But Brandon Lerch, former state director for the Cruz campaign and still working on his behalf, said the operation had a much shorter-term goal.
“While we are no longer seeking to get our people elected to the delegate positions in order to nominate Ted to be president, we want them to be in Cleveland so that they can sit on the rules committee, sit on the platform committee, the two most important committees,” said Brandon Lerch, former state director for the Cruz campaign and still working on his behalf. The goal is to produce “a very conservative platform, a platform that reflects conservatism throughout the nation.”
Cruz supporters fear the Republican platform will take a liberal tilt with Trump as the nominee. “Part of why I’m running for national delegate is that I wanted to be appointed to the platform committee so our platform stays as conservative as possible,” said Marjorie Holsten, who will be Cruz delegate at the national convention. “When I’m there, if there is a choice I will make a choice.”Read the rest of the story HERE.
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