Some might say Mike Pence gave a rather odd endorsement to Ted Cruz, after Indiana’s governor started out by praising Donald Trump. It almost sounded as if Pence had a script in front of him then opted to say what he had to say in his own words. There’s no doubt about it, Pence certainly respects Trump.
As NPR News suggests on April 29, “Pence seemed to go out of his way to praise the Republican front-runner Donald Trump.” He said he was “grateful” to Trump at least twice and told the voters he wasn’t there to sway them. He suggested that the voters should vote for whoever they want to when it came time on Tuesday.
Pence did say he would be voting for Ted Cruz, but some might say he was almost apologetic-sounding when saying this! He also said he will “work my heart out” in the fall for whoever wins the Republican nomination.
NPR suggests that “Pence’s endorsement was far less forceful than Cruz would have probably liked.” Many would agree with that assumption as he was far from a cheer leader for this candidate. He did absolutely nothing to rally the voters around Cruz.
In comparison, Trump’s endorsement from Bobby Knight, the Hoosier State’s much loved son, was one heck of an endorsement. Knight’s enthusiastic endorsement for Trump was the polar opposite of Pence’s endorsement for Cruz, again Pence didn’t offer much of a kick when it came to Cruz.
As The Business Insider suggests, Knight “started campaigning with the Manhattan billionaire Wednesday, when he said Trump does a ‘great job of finding good people and teaching good people.'” When the former coach came out on stage to endorse Trump, there wasn’t any question that he was totally invested in what he was saying. That didn’t seem to be the case for Pence.
With Pence presenting his endorsement the way he did, he may have helped Trump and hindered Cruz because Pence appeared to be ambiguous about the endorsement. By mentioning Trump first and in such a wonderful light, it almost sounded as if he was trying to endorse both!