Thursday night, Donald Trump had a chance to end the convention on a high note after a week in which controversies have overshadowed the planned message.
Division within the Republican Party took center stage during Ted Cruz’s off script speech Wednesday night where he refused to endorse the party’s nominee and his former rival Donald Trump.
We spoke with two Arkansas Senators who are at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, about the former presidential candidate’s speech.
They said Ted Cruz should have followed in the foot steps of John Kasich and Jeb Bush who chose not to show up at all, but instead said Cruz’s thirty minute speech sent a wave of disappointment across the convention.
“We deserve leaders who stand for principle. who Unite us all behind shared values,” Cruz said. “Vote your conscience.”
Arkansas Senators Said Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s RNC speech on Thursday was not only in bad taste, but they said Cruz’s use of national airtime was selfish.
“He signed a pledge, he said he would do it and then he didn’t honor his word,” Senator Bart Hester said. “That’s the Ted Cruz way which isn’t the party way, it’s a me way, not a we way.”
Though they said it may have actually helped Donald Trump.
“I think a lot of people gained some respect for Donald Trump, Because I think he felt like he was going to let everybody have an opportunity to have their peace and to say their say and he did even though he knew the out come wasn’t going to be what was most unifying for the party,” Senator Jim Hendren said.
And Arkansas Senators say if Trump is going to be taking the oath in January, the party has to work together.
“We have to be a united party to defeat Hilary Clinton. She’s a candidate we cannot have being the president of the United States,” Senator Hester said.
And while Thursday is the final day for the RNC the real work for a win in November has only just begun.
Arkansas Senators tell us Donald Trump is appealing to a new set of Republican voters; due in large part to the fact that he has no political ties.
“You have somebody who’s not afraid to break down barriers and to take on special interest groups. Probably one of the most refreshing things about Trump is he’s not beholding to anybody,” Senator Hendren said.
And now the fight for presidency really begins they say a win in the Natural State is expected for The Donald, but the senators said the race isn’t going to be so easy in other states.
“I think when the world sees him versus Hilary on the stage, there’s going to be no doubt. Continue to ask yourselves, ‘if you were in trouble like in Benghazi, who would you want answering the phone call, Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton?’ That’s a no brainier for every American,” Senator Hester said.
The RNC wrapped up Thursday, but get ready, the Democrats take over next week.
The Democratic National Convention starts Monday in Philadelphia.