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RUSH: Let me ask you a question.  As I read conservative blogs last night and today, and as I watch the Drive-By Media, and as I read the conventional Drive-By Media and their websites or newspapers, whatever, I mean it’s everywhere, is the point. To them, the only thing that really matters tonight — well, maybe that’s overstating it a bit, but the big thing tonight, the big thing to look for tonight, will Ted Cruz endorse Donald Trump, or will Ted Cruz just do a speech that sets himself up for 2020?

And others are saying, like Reagan did in 1976. Reagan, after losing to Ford in a narrow convention, went out and delivered a great speech that set himself up for 1980.  Except that Reagan did endorse Ford.  But I really wonder what you think.  Folks, this is not in any way a comment on Ted Cruz.  It’s not a thumbs up or thumbs down.  It’s nothing to do with my thoughts on Ted Cruz, which should be understood by now.

It’s a political question.  Is that the most important thing tonight, whether Ted Cruz endorses Donald Trump or not?  Because, to the Drive-By Media and many in the conservative media, that’s all that matters tonight.  And if Cruz doesn’t endorse, we got problems.  We got big problems.

And I just wonder what you think of it.  I think it’s an example of something.  But I’m not gonna tell you yet because when I say things, it pretty much sums everything up, there’s nothing left to be said. So I’ll hold off on this.

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RUSH: We have Paul here in Hartford, Connecticut.  Great to have you, sir.  Hello.

CALLER:  Mega dittos from Connecticut, Rush.

RUSH:  Thank you, sir.

CALLER:  The story of the day today is, you know, the media’s very concerned about whether or not Ted Cruz is going to endorse Donald Trump tonight.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  And as a Trump supporter, I do believe that Donald Trump can beat Hillary Clinton in November without the support of Ted Cruz.  It would be great to have his support and Jeb Bush and, you know, whoever the other guys are who are not extending support to Donald Trump.  You know, it would be nice, but I think he can win without it.

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  But my question is, I want to go back to the very first Republican presidential debate that occurred.  I believe it was the very first one, you know, 10 candidates up on stage. And the very first question that was asked to all the candidates was: Would you unequivocally support the eventual Republican nominee for president? And they made them all raise their hand and promise to support the eventual nominee.  And, of course, we all remember Donald Trump was the only one who didn’t raise his hand.

Which caused a firestorm for that week, right, that he wouldn’t support the nominee.  And he eventually did. He eventually came out and said he would support the nominee and he provided the letter that he signed saying that he would.  But my question is, you know, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz are coming out and saying that they are not going to support Donald Trump.  They all made that promise back then, and I believe they all signed letters back then saying that they would. So I don’t even understand how it can be an issue today.

RUSH:  You don’t understand how can they not…? So you think because they signed and made the pledge, that that’s it? Your word is your bond?  Trust what you say and that’s it?

CALLER:  They backed Trump into a corner. You know, the media and the RNC backed Trump into a corner —

RUSH: No. Nobody —

CALLER:  — to do it.

RUSH:  I’m sorry, but nobody expects these people to keep their promises.  Those days are long gone.  Do you think is anybody gonna hold any of this against any of these guys?  Kasich?  Kasich signed all that, and Kasich’s not even there.  His nose is so out of joint, he won’t go. He’s a governor in a state where this is all happening.

CALLER:  Agreed.  Agreed.  And, you know, I think that’s the sad truth.  I think you’re 100% correct, and I think that’s driven a lot of the changes we’ve seen over the last year.

RUSH:  Yeah, of all the reasons… I could be wrong about this, but let’s say it’s Election Day and we’re doing an exit poll. People are coming out of polls and they’re asked, “Who’d you vote for?”  “Yeah, I voted for Hillary Clinton.”  “Really?  Why?”  “Well, because, because Ted Cruz promised to support Trump, and he didn’t. So to hell with that! I voted Hillary.”  I just don’t see people voting because of these pledges that are either followed or not.  I don’t think… It’s rare anymore when people keep a promise, meaning nobody expects them to not keep them.  I don’t know if that’s an indictment of the whole process system or not, but I don’t think I’m wrong about that.

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