Vt. Delegates Looking Forward to Donald Trump’s GOP Speech


On Thursday Night Donald Trump will make his first address to the nation as the republican presidential nominee.

But many are still looking back on his rival Ted Cruz’s actions on the day before.

Local 22 & 44’s Staci DaSilva spoke to GOP Delegates about how they felt about Cruz’s non-endorsement speech.

Vermont Delegates were hoping for unity in Cleveland, that hope not necessarily squandered but affected by Cruz’s decision not to endorse his party’s nominee.

Many wish he’d bite the bullet and endorse his rival.

“Even Texas delegates that I spoke with couldn’t explain why their own senator didn’t do it. That to me says something. I think it was a missed opportunity for him for the future. He’d make a great Supreme Court justice but I don’t think that’s going to happen now,” said Bill Lawrence, GOP Delegate from Underhill, Vermont.

As for Thursday night, Lawrence isn’t expecting a policy-driven speech from Donald Trump.

He’s expecting and hoping for Trump to outline what’s a stake and why he thinks voters should choose trump over Hillary Clinton.

A lot of Vermont Republicans however were encouraged by another speech Wednesday night. 

The man Donald Trump choose to be the Vice Presidential Nominee, Mike Pence. 

He told Local 22 & 44 that he was grateful that Ted Cruz spoke at the convention, because he says unity takes time. 

“Primaries are tough. We had an outstanding field of candidates. It takes time to keep bringing everybody together. I’m very confident that what people saw on the floor of this convention, they’re going to continue to see all over this country. Not just Republicans coming together. But independents and many Democrats who are drawn to the bold and decisive leadership that Donald Trump will offer to this country,” said Gov. Pence.

Pence says Trump is the best option for national security, cutting taxes and appointing what he called a common sense Conservative to the Supreme court Justice.

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