This move will disappoint his backers and embolden — not pacify — his detractors. Remember, Cruz is still young and relatively inexperienced in the political world. Cruz is also very book smart, not so street smart.
Here is what Ted Cruz could and should have said:
“I am a United States Senator, your Senator, and a servant of the people and a servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Earlier this year I asked voters to vote their conscience. Voting one’s conscience is a solemn task made more difficult by the difficult choices before us and the difficult road ahead for our nation.
“Donald Trump is a deeply flawed man and I have made clear our personal and policy differences in the past. He is undeserving of praise and many of you, my loyal supporters whom I admire and cherish, may feel in your hearts that Donald Trump does not deserve your vote. And make no mistake about it, there is much about Donald Trump’s character which is objectionable, much about his zeal to exercise government power which is greatly worrisome, much about his temperament which is concerning and much about some of his followers which is absolutely reprehensible.
“I take no quarrel with those sentiments. However, on each count, whatever the defects of Donald Trump, those same defects are even worse for his opponent. it has become clear that this nation does not deserve, not can it afford, a continuation of the radical agenda of Barack Obama which is sure to occur under President Hillary Clinton.
“Our nation will survive four years of Donald Trump. Our nation may not survive a President Hillary Clinton.
“Serving you in the Senate these past few years has reaffirmed to me the solemn responsibilities of my office. It is easy to discharge those responsibilities when the choices are easy. The true measure of responsibility is how we handle those difficult and even personally distasteful choices. Americans have a history of rising to the occasion when confronted with such choices. We are a people who have not shrunk in the face of adversity.
“This election is a test of our national character and will determine our nation’s future. Choices sometimes must be made and their urgency is often greatest when they are the most difficult and most detestable.
“It is with these sentiment guiding my conscience that I made and announce my decision for whom to vote this November.”