Cruz tried to link arms with Republicans at the party's national convention Wednesday but was booed lustily by delegates when he ended his speech without offering Trump his endorsement or even saying he would vote for the NY billionaire.
Stone insists that, though Cruz had reportedly submitted his speech to the Trump team in advance, he had nonetheless betrayed the Republican nominee.
Mike Pence, the in governor who once led conservative firebrands in Congress at a time when they were few and far between, accepted the nomination for vice president and in the process made the case for why the right must stand with Trump. "He's politically dead", said B.J. Van Gundy, a longtime GOP activist in Georgia.
Much is riding on Trump's speech, which will be broadcast nationwide to an audience of millions.
A chorus of boos broke out after Cruz told the crowd to vote their conscience - a snub to Donald Trump less than 24 hours from his formal acceptance speech. After some verbiage about freedom and the Constitution, Cruz got to the heart of the matter: "I'm not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father".
A member of the Senate subcommittee on space, science and competitiveness, Cruz once told CNN that "there has been no recorded warming".
"The day that was abdicated was the day this became personal", Cruz said.
"In politics, you have to have skin like a rhino", she said. "What about the picture that was released of Melania on the rug?"
His comments only added to the chaotic nature of Trump's nominating event, which has been consumed by a plagiarism charge, unusually harsh criticism of Democrat Hillary Clinton, and Texas Sen. It's about the country.
Mr Cruz is right of course, on economic issues Trump is liberal by the standards of the Republican Party. "We're going to have fantastic trade deals", Trump has said.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said he feels that Cruz "might have missed a two-foot putt".
Watching Cruz give a speech is about as delightful as dysentery. "They were very mad about it", she said. But he really will emerge from this disaster as the most high-profile right-wing dissenter, and despite his general odiousness, that might actually be enough to propel him to the nomination in 2020, against whatever theoretically appealing young governor the GOP establishment will try to prop up. He's a great Texan.
To conservatives who question his decision to join the Trump ticket, Pence had a ready answer: "While we're filling the presidency for the next four years, this election will define the Supreme Court for the next 40". His political future depends not just on Trump losing, but on Trump being completely repudiated by the Republican Party. "They said they didn't see anything wrong with what Ted Cruz did in his speech ..." Cruz not only wants to overturn marriage equality, he proposed federally invalidating existing same-sex marriages. You can watch the edited interview segment on the NewsOne site, but what you can't see is the extraordinary atmosphere around the interview location, which was surrounded by other journalists with cameras and cell phones.
Experts said the brash billionaire will need to convince viewers who are on the fence that he can act in a way fitting of a president, as critics have blasted him for what they say is being hot headed and bombastic. "That's what we elected him for".
A source close to Cruz's inner circle acknowledged to Fox News that the end of the speech "was tough, but sometimes standing for principle means getting booed".
Eric Trump moved quickly to the podium. "It's not classless to highlight areas of policy where they can work together like border security, trade or fighting ISIS".