Despite endorsement, Cruz declines to say whether or not he believes Donald Trump is fit to be president

One day after his endorsement of Republican nominee Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz declined to answer whether or not he believes the billionaire businessman is fit to serve as president.

Cruz, who was attending the Texas Tribune festival in Austin, Texas, was asked by Tribune reporter Evan Smith directly whether or not he thinks Trump measures up.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

“Do you consider Donald Trump to be fit to be president?” Smith asked Cruz.

“I think we have one of two choices,” Cruz replied. According to the Tribune, Cruz did not expand on his answer.

Evans also asked Cruz whether or not he meant some of the former insults he launched at Trump during the primaries, including the times he labeled Trump a “serial philanderer,” a “pathological liar” and “utterly immoral.”

“I have had many, many disagreements with Donald Trump, some of which you have cataloged. And I have not been at all reluctant to articulate exactly why I believe that I should be the nominee instead of him,” Cruz said. “We are in a general election now. I don’t think it is productive for me to criticize the Republican nominee today.”

[sharequote align=”center”]”We are in a general election now. I don’t think it is productive for me to criticize the Republican nominee today.”[/sharequote]

Cruz also fielded two questions from audience members, according to the Tribune. One person asked Cruz how the country can feel safe with a president who is “racist,” while the other person asked how Cruz can support a person who is “openly misogynist.”

In response to those questions, Cruz was steadfast in his belief that this year’s election in a choice between either Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. And according to Cruz, a Clinton presidency would mean that “the [Supreme Court] will be lost for a generation and that means my daughter’s rights will be lost for a generation.”

Following his endorsement of Trump on Friday, Cruz said in a TV interview that he came to his decision after many months of thought and prayer.

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