Ted Cruz is just one of a few “good men” in the Republican primary race.
That was Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s subdued endorsement message Friday when he announced his support for the Texas senator on WIBC in Indianapolis. “For me, this is about choosing” among those good men, “all of whom I like and respect, and identify that individual who I think best articulates and would best advance the principles that have made our prosperity possible,” Pence said. “And for me, that is Ted Cruz.”
Pence is the second Midwestern governor to back Cruz ahead of a crucial primary; before his state’s contest in early April, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker also endorsed Cruz. The senator, of course, is angling to secure Indiana’s 57 delegates in Tuesday’s primary and force a contested GOP convention in July.
Pence seemed wary of alienating the other candidates and their supporters in the midday interview. Before announcing his support for Cruz, he noted how much of a personal “thrill” it was to have the Democratic and Republican candidates in the state and for Americans to be “looking to Indiana to make a choice.” Before even uttering his chosen candidate’s name, he deliberately praised Donald Trump—for voicing working Americans’ “frustrations” and making jobs a focal point of his Indiana campaign.