The Latest: Trump: Want a conservative court? Pick me


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on Campaign 2016 between the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Donald Trump says people who want a conservative justice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court have no choice but to vote for him.

Trump on Friday said if he’s elected he will nominate someone with views as close as possible to those of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

He says no matter what people think of him as a Republican, “If you’re a great believer in the Constitution, you have no choice.”

Trump in May released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat. The list was meant to ease concerns about his conservative credentials in the Republican primary.

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11:15 p.m.

Donald Trump, GOP presidential nomination in hand, is re-litigating a pair of primary flaps he had with former rival Ted Cruz.

Trump is once again bringing up his own comments about Cruz’s father, Rafael, and wife, Heidi, which Cruz has cited in his decision to not endorse Trump. Trump on Friday said that’s okay, he wouldn’t accept Cruz’s endorsement anyway.

But then Trump dove back into the pair of controversies, which includes Trump’s retweet during the primaries of an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife, Heidi. On Friday, he praised Heidi as beautiful and suggested the incident started because Cruz supporters sent a risque photo of Trump’s wife Melania on a political ad. The Cruz campaign denied involvement.

Next, Trump praised the reporting of the National Enquirer, which had written a piece suggested that Cruz’s father had been photographed with Lee Harvey Oswald, President Kennedy’s assassin. There is no evidence of a link between the two men.

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11:05 a.m.

Donald Trump is saying he would not accept Ted Cruz’s endorsement if it was offered.

Trump, speaking to supporters in Cleveland the morning after accepting the Republican nomination for president, said Cruz “may have ruined his political career” with his convention speech.

Cruz declined to endorse Trump Wednesday night and was booed by the arena crowd when he urged Republicans to “vote your conscience.”

Trump did not touch upon the incident in his convention speech. But he changed course Friday morning, gleefully recalled that Cruz “was booed off the stage.”

“I like Ted, he’s fine,” Trump said. “But I don’t want his endorsement. If he gives it, I will not accept it.”

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10:40 a.m.

Donald Trump is calling the just-completed Republican National Convention “very special” and one of the most “love-filled” conventions in the nation’s history.

Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, addressed supporters at the campaign’s convention headquarters in Cleveland Friday morning.

Trump praised the convention’s organizers and Cleveland police, saying the event “was peaceful, one of the most beautiful, one of the most love-filled conventions and in the history of conventions.”

He also praised the “unity” the convention created despite the floor fight over the convention’s roll call and the loud boos that Ted Cruz received when he declined to endorse Trump in his convention speech.

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7:53 a.m.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’s “probably not” Hillary Clinton’s choice of running mate.

The Massachusetts Democrat says “I think if it were me, I would know it by now.”

Warren made the comment Thursday night during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Clinton’s campaign considered picking the liberal favorite for the job. Democrats familiar with the search tell AP that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has emerged as a leading contender.

Clinton is expected to end the guessing game soon and could introduce her choice as soon as Friday.

Warren told Colbert that Clinton “has lots of good choices and I’m excited to see who she’s going to pick.”

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3:15 a.m.

In the swirl of balloons and cheers of the masses, Donald Trump finally had his Rocky Balboa moment after a rocky convention.

Now Democrats are eager to step up for their own spectacle. Hillary Clinton is set to snatch attention from Republicans by naming her running mate in advance of the Democratic convention, with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine the leading contender.

Trump’s forceful promises to be the champion of disaffected Americans closed out his convention on a high note for the party. That was not a moment too soon after shows of disharmony and assorted flubs before the closer Thursday night.

The Democratic convention in Philadelphia, which starts Monday, is expected to be a more disciplined affair. Clinton is, if anything, disciplined.

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This story has been corrected to fix spellings of National Enquirer and Rafael Cruz.

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