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Cruz Vows to Fight Trump on Key ‘Judeo-Christian Principles’ in RNC Platform

"We intend to do everything we can to fight for conservative principles to prevent Washington forces from watering down the platform."

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the third set of Republican presidential debates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) vowed Friday to make sure that the 2016 GOP platform will reflect “Judeo-Christian principles” by working to elect conservative delegates and to fight a proposed change to the platform by Republican nominee Donald Trump.

During an interview with Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, the talker asked Cruz if he would pledge to fight Republicans at the party's convention in Cleveland who want to "screw around with the party platform and remove the abortion plank, or alter it."

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“You have my word,” the senator replied. “One of the reasons that we are continuing to work to elect conservatives to be delegates, even though Donald has the delegates to get the nomination, we intend to do everything we can to fight for conservative principles to prevent Washington forces from watering down the platform."

"The platform is a manifestation of what we believe as a party, and I think it is important that it continue to reflect conservative values, free-market values, constitutional liberties, Judeo-Christian principles, the values that built this country, and that is exactly what I intend to fight for,” Cruz added.

Trump said in April that he would “absolutely” change the Republican Party’s “Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life” plank to broaden its exceptions.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said shortly after that such changes are “up to the delegates at the convention."

(H/T Politico)

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