Ted Cruz briefly refused to say Donald Trump's name while campaigning for him in Iowa

Sen. Ted Cruz is among some of the Republicans who reluctantly endorsed Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

On Thursday, that tepidness was on display at a rally where he avoided saying the GOP nominee's name entirely.

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During the rally in Bruere Farms, Iowa, Cruz instead lauded the Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as "a good man" and a friend, CNN reported.

The Texas senator urged the GOP to unite and defeat Democrats in what has been a divisive election cycle for the party — the fallout of which has led to some Republicans to withdraw support from Trump.

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Arizona Senator John McCain: "I will not vote for Donald Trump."

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: "No apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women."

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz: Trump's comments are "disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them."

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham: "I have never been comfortable with Donald Trump as our Republican nominee."

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: "Donald Trump should not be President."

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South Dakota Senator John Thune: "Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately."

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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski: "I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president."

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Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse: Donald trump "is obviously not going to win [and should] step aside."

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo: Donald Trump should step aside due to "disrespectful, profane and demeaning" behavior.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee: Donald Trump is a "distraction.

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Maine Senator Susan Collins: Donald Trump is "unsuitable for the presidency ... I [can] not support his candidacy."

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Texas Senator John Cornyn: "I am disgusted by Mr Trump's words about women."

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Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman: "The time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket."

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Utah Representative Mia Love: Stated she "cannot vote for" Donald Trump. 

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Colorado Representative Mike Coffman: Donald Trump should withdraw "for the good of the country."

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Missouri Representative Ann Wagner: "I withdraw my endorsement and call for Governor Pence to take the lead" in the race.

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Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock: Trump's remarks were "disgusting, vile, and disqualifying."

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Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan: "I will support Governor Mike Pence for President."

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Colorado Senator Cory Gardner: Donald Trump's flaws are "beyond mere moral shortcomings ... I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women."

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New Jersey Representative Scott Garrett: Has stated he is "appalled" by Trump's actions.

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Former New York Governor George Pataki: "Enough! [Trump] needs to step down."

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Michigan Representative Fred Upton: Donald Trump needs to "step down."

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam: Trump should "step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party's nominee."

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert: "I will not vote for Trump."

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California Representative Steve Knight: Trump's comments were "inexcusable."

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"Together, we're going to keep Republican control of the Senate and we're going to defeat Hillary Clinton in this presidential election," Cruz said.

When CNN asked Cruz about his reluctance to say Trump's name during the rally, he explained he kept his promise of endorsing Trump and had already cast his ballot for the GOP nominee.

"Well, I am here standing — as I said — in front of the 'Trump-Pence' plane campaigning for the Trump-Pence ticket and I voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence this week," Cruz said to CNN.

At another rally in Michigan Wednesday, Cruz said Trump's name while addressing the crowd.

After a heated primary battle between Trump, Cruz stunned the Republican National Convention in a speech where he similarly refused to refer to the GOP nominee by name or endorse him for president.

After remaining silent about his support for Trump after the real-estate mogul became the Republican presidential nominee, Cruz finally announced in September that he would formally endorse him for president.

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