Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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A defiant Ted Cruz said Thursday he refused to be Donald Trump's "servile puppy dog," further exposing Republican rifts just as Trump seeks to unite the party and rally Americans behind his unconventional White House bid.Cruz, the U.S. senator who came in second to Trump in the race for the Republican nomination after a bitter campaign, was booed by delegates at the Cleveland convention on Wednesday night when he refused to endorse Trump in a high-profile speech.As the last speaker at the gathering, Trump, 70, hopes to end on a positive note when he makes a prime-time address to formally accept the presidential nomination and launch the official start of his campaign against the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Trump aides put a positive face on the dispute and said the booing incident proved the party was in fact lined up squarely behind Trump, a real estate developer previously best known to Americans as a reality TV show host.Republican candidates had pledged during the primary contests to support the party's eventual nominee. Trump accused Cruz of breaking his promise.Trump and his aides have offered scant policy details at the convention.As the convention headed toward what is meant to be its big closing event, the evening Trump speech, some in the party were depressed about the convention and the rifts exposed by his candidacy.
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