- The Washington Times - Friday, July 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Ted Cruz agree about one thing this election cycle: Both candidates want Americans to “vote your conscience” in November.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Tampa, Mrs. Clinton said that the Texas senator was right in the controversial comments he made at the GOP convention in Cleveland earlier this week. Mr. Cruz declined to endorse Republican Donald Trump during his closely watched convention address and instead only told Americans to “vote your conscience.” Mr. Cruz was booed loudly after refusing to offer an endorsement.

He later said he would not endorse Mr. Trump because of the billionaire’s attacks on his wife and father.

Mrs. Clinton seized on Mr. Cruz’s words and delivered the same message to voters, while also taking a shot at the Republican convention-goers who heckled the senator for telling Americans to do what they feel is right in the voting booth.

“Something has gone terribly wrong when one speaker says ‘Vote your conscience’ and gets booed,” she said. “I mean, I never thought I would say these words, but Ted Cruz was right. In this election, do the right thing and vote your conscience. Vote for your future, vote for a United States of America.”

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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