Ted Cruz is making an extra trip to Cleveland to address a closed-door meeting of influential conservative leaders this Friday ahead of the Republican National Convention, according to four people familiar with his plans.
Cruz will speak to a gathering of the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of conservative activists, many of whom backed the Texas senator in his failed presidential bid earlier this year.
The CNP is a nonprofit, but some of its members, including President Tony Perkins, who also serves as head of the Family Research Council, are part of a subgroup that had voted to endorse Cruz in hopes of uniting the conservative movement behind a single candidate in 2016, rather than splintering as it had in 2008 and 2012.
... Cruz’s address, which his spokeswoman Catherine Frazier confirmed, comes at a pivotal moment for the conservative movement, only days ahead of the Republican convention where Trump is expected to be nominated.
The closed-door speech also represents a chance for Cruz to stay in the good graces of conservative leaders who could power a 2020 presidential run. Cruz has already agreed to speak at the nationally televised convention, even though he has yet to endorse Trump. ...Read the full story HERE.
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