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> pull the plug! >> amazing. chaos in cleveland. boos erupting inside the republican national convention, as ted cruz refuses to endorse donald trump for president. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start" live from the cnn grill at the republican national convention.
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i'm john berman. >> and i'm christine romans. it is thursday, july 21, and it's 3:00 a.m. >> ladies and gentlemen, we have discord. the kind of thing that leaves people booing and cheering and gasping, all at the same time. yes, something funny happened on the way to party unity here at the republican national convention. that something funny rhymes with ted cruz. not mike pence. that's mike pence. the runner-up to donald trump in the primary, has a prime speaking slot. how did he use it? not to support donald trump, no, no, no. not an endorsement. and what did he get? no love. in fact, he got some outrage. our senior political reporter is live right now. this is quite a night. >> reporter: it really was, john. this crowd in the convention
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hall was waiting for that endorsement. ted cruz only mentioned donald trump at the beginning of his speech when he congratulated donald trump for winning. and that endorsement just did not come. as ted cruz started launching into his stuff speech, talking about republican and conservative values, the crowd grew more and more impatient, started booing him, starting calling him "lying ted," which was the nickname donald trump gave to ted cruz during their bitter primary fight. when ted cruz said, it's time for voters to vote their conscience this november, the crowd did not hold back. >> stand and speak and vote your conscience. vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the constitution. >> endorse trump!
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endorse trump! >> we must make the moment of our moment, to fight for freedom. to protect our god-given rights. even of those with whom we don't agree. we will unite the party. we will unite the country which standing together for shared values, by standing for liberty. god bless each and every one of you. and god bless the united states of america. [ crowd boos ] >> reporter: immediately after that, heidi cruz, ted cruz's wife, was standing right by us on the convention floor and security personnel went up to her and escorted her out of the convention hall because of concerns over her safety. she too was getting heckled by trump supporters. and ted cruz afterwards tried to meet with the billionaire sheldon aidleson, he had planned
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to talk to him after the speech. he would not even see him because of concerns the way ted cruz withheld that endorsement. he said when he was asked about it, he said i laid out a simple standard. we need a president that will defend liberty and be faithful to the constitution. and later, ted cruz issued a fund-raising solicitation to raise money off of his speech. so he's showing no signs of backing down, even if the blowback may just be beginning. >> what a night. manu, thanks for breaking it down with us. let's discuss this near at the cnn grill. there is so much to talk about. we have josh roguen and our trio of commentators. good morning -- or good evening,
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or omg. what is going on here? does he win in the short term, lose in the long-term, what is the strategy for ted cruz? >> the strategy is make a statement. listen, there are so many republicans who publicly endorsed support donald trump. privately, they will tell you how worried they are. they don't know what they're going to do. ted cruz said i'm going to use this platform and i'm going to go there and speak to these people. the republican party is in crisis under donald trump. the message "vote your conscience" shouldn't be controversial. but that tests people because people are having a hard time keeping true to integrity and character and supporting donald trump. >> you know that vote your conscience, and ted cruz knows that phrase was the rallying cry for the never trump movement. that was the never trump rallying cry. so ted cruz said that out loud
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and that meant something and it didn't go overwhelm. >> i don't think he thought it would. >> if you looked at chris christie in the audience there, it was clear it didn't go overwhelm with him. listen to what chris christie said to dana bash. >> i think it was awful. quite frankly, i think it was selfish and he signed a pledge. it's his job to keep his word. and donald trump gave him the opportunity to speak here at this convention tonight, and i think it was too cute, and i think you saw by the end of the speech that the crowd was waiting for him to do the right thing. and realized that once again, he wasn't going to do it. i think the performance you saw up there is why ted has so, so richly deserved the reputation that he's developed on capitol hill. >> so that's chris christie, sounding disappointed, but is he
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disappointed or mad? >> look what happened. i didn't get booed that mad when i did a natalie wood joke at a beagle adoption. it reminds me of being a child in california. i grew up an angels fan in the '80s and '90s when they could not win to save their lives. i couldn't look at the newspaper when they would lose, because it would ruin the rest of my day. i just couldn't handle losing. at a certain point, i said to myself, you know what? life is much easier if you're not a sore loser. i guess it takes people a lot longer to learn that lesson than others. >> he was given this prime speaking slot, and maybe the team has seen -- paul manafort and the team seen this speech ahead of time and let him go on, because maybe it turned out to be a good thing for donald trump. donald trump was able to walk through the crowd afterward. but trump tweeted a little after the speech, i saw this -- i think we have the tweet. he saw it, he read it. there we go, wow, ted cruz got
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booed off the stage. didn't honor the pledge. i saw his speech two hours earlier but let him speak any way. no big deal. was it a mistake to let him go on or was it calculated? >> i don't know. >> and you don't care because you're democrat. >> it's all good for me. but if there's one thing we've learned, donald trump is completely unconventional. so who knows if he even knows whether this was calculated or not. but the way it turned out, it is sort of a trump at his best reality show wise, right? but here's what i would say. why are we surprised that ted cruz did this? this is vintage ted cruz. he doesn't care that the party is mad at him. this is how he operated on capitol hill. i actually believe, and i'm not a ted cruz fan, but i believe that he's standing on principle, because let's remember at the very end of this campaign, donald trump insulted his wife,
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insulted his father, and i'm not saying he did this for revenge, but he signed a pledge at the beginning of his campaign when he didn't know exactly the kind of character that donald trump had. >> josh? >> let's entertain the possibility that this wasn't a purely values based decision for ted cruz. we all know he wants to run in 2020. he's setting the stage for that. he's betting on trump losing saying okay, i'm the alternative, i'm going to go in a different direction. here's the problem. in 2020, you're still going to have this entire wing of the party that's pro-trump and he just rained on their parade. >> you could have a president trump. >> and the people are now going to hate ted cruz forever. he can't rely on his establishment backing, because the establishment hates ted cruz, too. so he's managed to make more enemies than friends. either way you look at it in 2020, this is not going to help him.
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>> i don't think he cares. >> the future of the republican party is up for grabs. he had 17 people running. there is no leader. i don't know how this is going to play out in four years, because the world will change in ways that we cannot anticipate. but the fact that he is the own republican that's willing to go in front of an audience like that and say, vote your conscience, support freedom. we don't know what's happening with the candidates or the party. you can stay true to these things. that's important and timeless. >> it was striking. there was the marco rubio video just before. you're smiling, but marco rubio has a video out and he talks about donald trump. he says why you should vote for donald trump. it was not the most enthusiastic endorsement in the world, but it was an endorsement. scott walker, who said he was never going to vote for donald trump, is now endorsing donald trump. paul ryan now endorsing donald trump.
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but ted cruz has staked out this territory very much in opposition to these other young guns. >> ted cruz claims that ronald reagan is his hero. he should go back and reread lou cannon's book on reagan. because in 1976, when he lost to ford in the primary, he went to the convention, gave a great speech and got behind the nominee. you don't win people over by being a sore loser. >> he's not being a sore loser. there are so many republicans who have deep reservations about donald trump. he is speaking to an audience. those were the people that just nominated donald trump. and there's a lot of republicans that did not show up to the convention. >> but ted cruz had a rally today of more than 1,000 people. so he's not alone in this. >> if you look at how people like rubio and ryan are playing this, they realize they have to speak to the trump voters. they can't hate the trump voters. ted cruz pissed off and hated on all the trump voters and got them to hate him back, and that's a problem. so he can say i stood on
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principle, in the end what rubio did was smarter, because he preserved the option of bringing those people along in 2020. for cruz, that's not an option. >> there's a lot of republicans that said i'm going to sit this out. >> ted cruz was asked why he did not endorse donald trump, let's listen to that sound, ted cruz explaining himself. >> senator, why did you decide not to endorse donald trump in the end? >> i laid out a very simple standard, we need a president who will defend liberty and be faithful to the constitution. i hope very much that is who the next president will be. >> welcome to the next several months of your life. >> we're sitting here talking about ted cruz, we're not talking about pence, we're not talking about eric trump, who
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supposedly was going to be the two star speeches of the night. and donald trump, tonight or today tweeted, if you believe that any press is good press -- >> any press is not good press. >> trump is the candidate, this is the convention where the messaging from the message master himself has been completely off message. >> we're all political junkies, and now we're here and can talk about it. we're going to be here all night. >> and we will talk about mike pence and we also now know how melania trump ended up delivering a plagiarized speech. passages directly stolen from michelle obama's 2008 address. who is taking the blame now, and what donald trump is saying about speech-gate, next. -wheats. 8 layers of wheat...
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the convention and those passages lifted out of a speech of michelle obama from. how did it get there? a writer from the trump organization says it was her fault. let me read you the full screen. she said we discussed this with a staff writer, we discussed many people who inspired her, persons she has always liked is michelle obama. over the phone, she read me some passages from mrs. obama's speech as examples. i wrote them down and included some of the phrasing in the draft that became the final speech. i apologize for the confusion. so meredith mciver falling on her sword, or keyboard, on behalf of the trump campaign. michelle obama, interesting to hear from mrs. trump. >> those new york values. >> b, i wrote them down as melania trump was reading me
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these passages, i wrote them down and that's how they got in the speech. but isn't melania trump who plagiarized? doesn't she bear some of the responsibility? >> they totally screwed it up. i realized we're all supposed to scream at each other. [ laughter ] >> let's talk about what donald trump talked to abc, to george stephanopoulos and what donald trump said about this. >> i thought it was terrific the way she came forward and just said look, it was a mistake that i made. and she thought it was very unfair to melania, although interestingly, the press treated melania very well, because they didn't think it was her. >> how is she handling all this? >> this is a different world. you know, it's a different world.
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who would ever think to this extent, no matter where you move, no matter where you breathe, it's like a big deal. but she is a strong woman, she's a good woman. i thought she made an incredible speech. >> okay. so it is a big deal when you're running for president. just about every single thing you do is a big deal. this is a staff treater for the trump organization, not the campaign, which shows you what sort of goes on in trump world. but also why did it take them so long to clean this up? >> i think they were maybe trying to save face, that it would blow over, couldn't decide on the right excuse before arriving at the truth. and if that's the truth, great. no big deal. what is devastating is that they made their supporters lie on their behalf. there's always a standard as a staff
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staffer. that is a horrible position to be in. no leader of any organization, political or not, should ever put their staff in that position. >> shawn spicer is quoting "my little pony." >> she was doing work for the campaign, so there's most likely campaign violations going on. let's remember what donald trump is emphasizing as why he's qualified to be president, that he is this incredible entrepreneur and businessman that knows how to manage multiple, huge organizations. they can't even manage this -- this was not a big crisis, did not have to be a big communications crisis, and they failed. how is he going to manage the government? how is he going to manage the most powerful country in the world? >> how is he going to manage nato?
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that is a big issue all of a sudden now. josh roguen wants to get a piece of that. we'll talk about that coming up. >> and also the secret service investigating this threat, one of donald trump's advisers, after he says hillary clinton should be shot. the secret service looking into that. that's next.
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all right. welcome back. the secret service confirming it is investigating one of donald trump's advisers for saying that
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hillary clinton should be shot for treason on a firing line. al baldasaro is a new hampshire state representative. he's a trump delegate at the republican national convention here. he also serves on trump's advisory coalition on veterans. listen to these comments he made wednesday afternoon in an interview with the daily beast. >> hillary clinton to me is the jane fonda of the vietnam. she is a disgrace. the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in benghazi. hillary clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason. >> donald trump is suing the ghost writer of his book "the art of the deal." he said he is concerned about the candidate's impulsive
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character. donald trump is threatening legal action for defamation. sabotage at the republican national convention. what in the world happened last night? ted cruz refusing to endorse donald trump for president. you hear the boos. the new fallout overnight revealing a still deeply divided party. we are going to break down what in the world happened last night, next. meet owen. the fastest delivery guy in chicago. meet maximum strength mylanta®. like owen, it works fast. unlike him, it makes heartburn go away. strong and soothing. new mylanta®. faster than heartburn. be the you who doesn't cover your moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. be the you who shows up in that dress. who hugs a friend. who is done with treatments that don't give you clearer skin. be the you who controls your psoriasis with stelara® just 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses. stelara® may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections and cancer. some serious infections require hospitalization.
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get off! give him the hook! pull the plug! >> endorse trump! endorse trump! >> intrigue, turmoil at the
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republican national convention. chris christie is not amused. ted cruz refuses to endorse donald trump for president. the crowd doesn't like it one bit. welcome back to "early start," everyone. i'm john berman. >> it was fascinating. i'm christine romans. it is 31 minutes past the hour. ladies and gentlemen, as john berman said, we have discord this morning. once-in-a-lifetime convention, the kind of moment that leaves people booing, cheering, gasping, all at the same time. something funny happened on the way to party unity here at the republican national convention, and it was ted cruz. the runner-up to donald trump got a prime speaking spot and what did he do with it? he did not support donald trump. no endorsement. and in return, no love for him. in fact, in many cases, outrage. the cutaway shot there is tell the story. manu joins us with the night's
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biggest moment of controversy. manu, wow! >> reporter: indeed. it was very, very tense in that room. remember, this is the first time that ted cruz has really spoken in depth about the campaign, about donald trump since he dropped out of the race in may. what we heard in that convention hall last night was not much mention of donald trump at all. in his speech, he only referenced donald trump at the top of the speech, congratulating him for winning. but when he talked about republican and conservative values, he did not offer that endorsement, and that made people very angry in that crowd. what really drew a lout of outrage, people saying lying ted, is when he told voters to vote their conscience in the fall. >> stand and speak and vote your
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conscience. vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the constitution. >> endorse trump! endorse trump! >> we must make the most of our moment, to fight for freedom, to protect our god-given rights. even of those with whom we don't agree. we will unite the party. we will unite the country by standing together for shared values, by standing for liberty. god bless each and every one of you, and god bless the united states of america. >> the blowback was very fierce, not just his critics, but some of his supporters. one of his supporters told us
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that he should actually have supported donald trump this that speech. he should not have withheld that endorsement. when some reporters caught up with ted cruz, he was unapologetic. >> senator, why did you decide not to endorse donald trump in the end? >> i laid out a very simple standard, we need a president who will defend the country and be faithful to the constitution. i hope very much that is who the next president will be. >> in that convention hall, immediately after the speech, his wife, heidi cruz, was escorted out by security as a number of delegates started to heckle her, and there was some concern possibly over her safety. one convention delegate started shouting at her "goldman sachs," a reference to her place of employment.
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and that just showed how much tension there was in the room during that speech, guys. >> manu, thank you so much. we have to talk about this. honestly, this doesn't happen at conventions anymore. joining us to discuss is josh roguen and a trio of cnn political commentators. good morning one, good morning all. josh, let me read you what donald trump said about this. he tweeted about this saying, wow, ted cruz got booed off the stage. didn't honor the pledge. the pledge he's talking about is the pledge that every republican candidate would support the ultimate nominee, which ted cruz signed. i saw his speech two hours early but let him speak any way. no big deal. two questions, is it a big
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dolesome >> yes. >> second question, how on earth did this happen? how on earth was it that ted cruz found himself on this stage with the permission of the trump campaign not endorsing the nominee? >> i don't think that donald trump planned this. what we've seen from this convention is disorganization. every night there's been some sort of mess. this is just tonight's mess. let's assume, based on all the available evidence, that donald trump didn't want this to happen. and this is a disaster for the convention, because nobody is focusing on donald trump. when it comes to ted cruz, this is also a disaster. i was watching the speech with a republican congressman standing next to me and he said, man, you really wish ted cruz had won the nomination so that he could lose to hillary and the party would be rid of him. the republican party is looking at ted cruz as like a 30-year problem. he's going to run every four years, he's going to be a fly in the ointment and do all these
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crazy things that no one can control and they all hate him, right? the never trump movement that he's speaking to, they hate ted cruz. and now pro-trump movement, they also hate ted cruz. and now if that's the way to start a presidential campaign for 2020, i'll eat my hat. >> let's listen to what chris christie said. some of the cutaway shots are almost priceless. you hear people saying "give him the hook." listen to this after the speech. >> i think it was awful. and quite frankly, i think it was selfish. and he signed a pledge, it's his job to keep his word. and donald trump gave him the opportunity to speak here at this convention here tonight. and i think it was too cute and i think you saw by the end of the speech that the crowd was waiting for him to do the right thing and realized once again he wasn't going to do it.
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i think the performance you saw up there is why ted has so richly deserved the reputation that he's developed on capitol hill. >> what is ted cruz's strategy here then? what is the strategy? he's giving up on the now. this is his strategy. >> there's a lot of people who are very uncomfortable with donald trump as the republican nominee. and ted cruz, yes, he probably would like to run for president in 2020. but i feel -- i know, because i worked for him. he believes that you should stand up when faced with something that's really terrible. we all talk about every day the terrible character flaws that donald trump shows daily. you name it, we can't even keep up with the stuff. so the fact that somebody stood
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out there -- it's not like he killed a puppy on stage. all he did was he didn't endorse him. >> why did they let him speak? >> the republican establishment always thought they could make ted cruz cave. >> we asked paul manafort why ted cruz was allowed to speak. let's listen to what he said. >> mr. trump felt he should have a spot. donald trump was trying to unify the party and he's done that. not with standing what senator cruz said tonight, the party came together. donald trump made the offer to speak without any conditions. he thought senator cruz might have been a little bit more politically smart. >> so he's essentially saying ted cruz finished second, he deserved to talk. in full disclosure, we all read the speech minutes before hand.
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when i read the speech the first time, it didn't seem as glaring as it did, you know, set to music and the muse sick the bo s -- the music is the boos of the people in the crowd. and donald trump waving from the back there. but it really was kind of a moment. >> here's the benefit. now you owe him nothing. he was rejected by republican primary voters in election after election after election. he was rejected yet again, this time by the delegates at the republican convention. if you look at the polls, donald trump is within the margin of error or doing better than mitt romney did in many of the swing states. so ted cruz's supporters are already with donald trump. now donald trump doesn't have to get them an appointment, he called mitch mcconnell a liar on the noor of the senate. mitch mcconnell owes him nothing. ted cruz is now a man without a country. >> how come donald trump is the only one that gets to be
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politically incorrect? this is an in your face move, saying i'm going to come to the convention, tell you my plan, vote your conscience should not be a controversial state. it only is, because everyone knows that people with a conscience has a hard time giving their vote to donald trump. >> i think donald trump should appoint ted cruz to the supreme court. then he'll never run for president again. >> during this moment, the dial test went up. afterwards, it was like, what happened? did you like that? they were all saying no, we were just confused. >> even newt gingrich when he took the stage, he tried to sort of undo the nonendorsement. listen to what he said. >> i think you misunderstood one paragraph that ted cruz said,
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and i just want to point it out to you. ted cruz said, you can vote your conscience for anyone who will uphold the constitution. in this election, there is only one candidate who will uphold the constitution. if you want to protect the constitution of the united states, the only possible candidate this fall is the trump-pence republican ticket. >> the master words. >> he's not going to be vp. i think he's auditioning for press secretary. that's a pretty good spin. >> i love watching this. >> it's the best convention ever. but again, why are we surprised about this? ted cruz was never going to win mr. congeniality. he was never that on capitol hill. he was never going to go with
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the establishment on capitol hill. remember, he always talked about being the outsider. to amanda's point earlier, why is it that donald trump is the only one that gets to be politically incorrect or do the things that are unexpected. and josh, i know that you believe this is a huge mistake on behalf of ted cruz's part. >> that's right. >> but let's remember that donald trump did not win with a majority of republican voters. there are many republican voters out there that do not want donald trump. >> what do you do with that pluralality. those 13 million people are not going to go away. >> you never know what's going to happen. >> as we got closer to the convention, he was winning with a majority. >> we haven't even said the words mike pence. this is another night where
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their message has been hijacked, really hijacked. >> he has really been side lined throughout the process. >> the pressure is on for donald trump tomorrow -- >> tonight. [ overlapping speakers ] >> what does donald trump have to do tonight to get back on message? >> talk for three hours. there's ivanka, there's the self-help motivational guy and that's about it, right? so donald trump will give a very long speech. >> hold that thought. we have a lot more to discuss, including mike pence. and we have to talk about nato, because donald trump gave an interview in "the new york times" which has a lot of people talking in the foreign policy establishment. a lot of people in europe
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talking about it, suggesting nato nations may not have u.s. supporting them under all circumstances. we'll discuss, next. ® frosted mini-wheats®... 8 layers of wheat... and one that's sweet. for the adult and kid in all of us. ♪ kellogg's frosted mini-wheats® feed your inner kidult
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breaking overnight. new controversy at the rnc, as donald trump threatens to walk away from nato commitments if he thinks allies under attack have not met their obligations to the united states. this as trump's pick for vice president finally got his moment in the spotlight. we bring back our panel again. guys, i want to talk about this "new york times" piece. i want to read to you what is in this piece that has a lot of people talking about nato and what trump is saying about nato. he explicitly raised new questions about his commitment to automatically defend nato ally it is attacked, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance, and even called into question whether as president he would automatically extend the security guaranties that give the nato members the assurance that the full force of the united states military has their
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back. wow. >> the message donald trump is sending to the world, if i get elected, you're on your own. he's laid out a world view that it would change u.s. policy and custom and international commitments that have stood since world war ii at least. when people around the world hear these things, they take them seriously. we can say oh, well, maybe he'll learn the intelligence, maybe he'll change his view. but this has been donald trump's consistent view. so not only did he say before we come to the aid of nato states, we're going to see if they paid their bills. he also said america can't lecture other countries on liberty, democracy and human rights. >> that's what vladamir putin says. >> and it's the exact opposite of what ronald reagan said. the last thing he said, which was crazy, when they asked him how is he going to solve these big problems, he said, meetings. so it's clear he doesn't have a
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command of the issues on which he's speaking. he's not a serious person on -- >> john, you're a trump supporter. >> i think what he's saying is i'm going to focus on domestic policy, and with nato, he's say thing's no such thing as a free lum lunch, pay your bill. >> or be overrun? >> we are subsidizing their welfare states and that should stop. >> u.s. commitments to foreign countries are by definition unequal. we're the superpower. we'll never be even. can they do more? yes? but if you're waiting for all these countries to have an equality commitment to security -- >> do they pay their bills? >> no one is saying that they shouldn't pay their bills. we have international
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commitments that provide peace and security around the world which provides peace and security for us. we can't have security at home if we don't have it abroad. donald trump doesn't seem to care. >> mike pence is getting bumped again. [ overlapping speakers ] >> mike pence in his speech said donald trump will stand -- will make sure that the u.s. stands with our allies. donald trump actually said that he would not. >> he's pro-trade, for standing up against dictators. >> is donald trump jetting intelligence briefings yet? >> every day. >> people say once he gets in and will see what it's like around the world, he's -- >> he's not processing the intelligence briefings. >> there's also the possibility that he disagrees. he does not think that the
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united states should have that role in nato. >> if that is the case, why wasn't he at least doing it quietly? he's putting the world on notice that we will abandon our allies. it should be done quietly so you don't leave our allies vulnerable. and secondly, why is he doing this interview today? it was supposed to be mike pence's night. >> i think he does believe this. i think this is his core values. every other republican speaker doesn't acknowledge that. chris christie got up yesterday and said -- criticized hillary clinton for not being tough enough on vladamir putin and his own candidate is -- would be even softer on vladamir putin than hillary clinton. >> we just stepped on mike pence again. we are going to talk about him, but between nato and between ted cruz and between everything else -- >> so much to talk about. >> ted cruz really surprising a lot of people here at the
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get out! give him the hook! pull the plug! >> so this happened. chaos in cleveland. boos erupting inside the republican national convention. ted cruz refuses to endorse donald trump. >> and mary patrick looks confused. >> wellenmeycome to the cnn gri. i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is now 4:00 a.m. in the east. we have not seen anything like this before. >> once in a lifetime moment at the convention. convention strive. the moment that leaves people booing and cheering and rewriting headlines.
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something crazy happened last night. something funny happening on the way to party unity here at the republican national convention. ted cruz got a prime speaking slot and he used it not to support donald trump. no endorsement. what did he get in return? no love and a lot of outrage from the crowd. senior political reporter manu raju joins us with the biggest moment of controversy. manu. >> reporter: this is the first time that ted cruz has spoken about donald trump and about the campaign since he dropped out of the race in may and he didn't use this moment to talk about donald trump really at all. at the top of his speech, he congratulated donald trump, but talked about conservative values. he would not endorse donald trump. it was clear when i was in the convention hall.
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you heard it on tv. this crowd was gore veing very impatient and angry. boos and heckling and yelling of lying ted. the nickname that cruz got from donald trump in the bitter primary fight. when ted cruz said to supporters that come in the fall, you should vote your conscience, a lot of the delegates did not hold back. >> stand and speak and vote your conscience. vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the constitution. we must make the most of our moment. to fight for freedom. to protect your god-given

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