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Cruz shuns Trump over comments about wife and father

Ted Cruz was booed as he refused to endorse Donald Trump. Credit: Reuters

Ted Cruz has defended his decision not to back Donald Trump as the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

The senator was booed as he refused to endorse Mr Trump during a speech at the Republican convention in Cleveland.

Mr Cruz, who was involved in the contest to become the nominee, said: "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father."

During the primary contest, Mr Trump retweeted a post comparing Heidi Cruz and Melania Trump, based on appearance, and linked Mr Cruz's father to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Mr Cruz did not say if he would vote for Mr Trump in the election, but added: "I'm not voting for Hillary."

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Ted Cruz booed after declining to endorse Donald Trump

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was booed at the Republican National Convention, after he declined to endorse the party's presidential nominee Donald Trump and urged people to vote their conscience.

Anti-Trump Republican delegate Ken Cuccinelli said he escorted Cruz's wife Heidi off the convention floor in Cleveland out of concern for her safety.

"During the course of the speech more and more people were coming down closer and closer to Heidi and (Ted Cruz's father) Rafael. When the speech ended, there was an ugly crowd behind us. She was trying to leave," Cuccinelli said.

Cruz, who came in a distant second behind Trump in the race for the nomination, stopped short of endorsing Trump after a bitter and personal campaign and mentioned him only once, drawing boos and repeated chants of "We want Trump."

Reacting to his refusal to endorse him, Mr Trump said Mr Cruz had broken a promise to back the party's white house choice.

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Trump Jnr: 'America will be greater than ever before'

America will be "greater than ever before" if Donald Trump becomes President, his son claimed on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Republican national convention in Cleveland, hours after his father was made the official presidential candidate, Donald Trump Jnr gave an emotional speech in support of his election bid.

Referring to Trump as his "mentor and best friend", Trump Jnr said America had only one choice - to vote Trump.

Trump: 'I will never forget being nominated'

Donald Trump was officially named Republican presidential candidate Credit: Pool

Donald Trump described being elected as Republican presidential candidate as a moment he would "never, ever forget".

Speaking in a video at the party's national convention in Cleveland, the billionaire tycoon said it was a "special" day seeing his children "put him over the top" when they announced he had secured enough delegations.

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