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Day 3: Cruz, boos, Pence, protests, Trump vs. Kasich continues, Trump no on NATO?


It was a thunderous ovation - the loudest and most enthusiastic of the first three days of the Republican National Convention. It's how Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz took the stage in Cleveland on Wednesday, and it certainly wasn't how he left the stage.

Cruz blew off the clock, took nearly triple the time he was scheduled to speak, then walked off stage after his speech without endorsing Donald Trump. He was booed soundly as he finished his speech and the audience realized he wasn't endorsing Trump. Heidi Cruz, the senator's wife, was escorted out of Quicken Loans Arena by security after delegates became unruly. Cruz himself was accosted in the arena's box seat area afterward.

Former Indiana governor and Trump's VP nominee Mike Pence gave the most eloquent speech of the convention and possibly the campaign, especially considering the chaos following the Cruz fiasco.

Police arrested 17 protesters during a confrontation that saw a man attempt to set a flag on fire and himself. The flames spread quickly to others nearby, but firefighters on scene put the fire out quickly without anyone suffering serious injuries.



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