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Does Cruz's 'Vote your conscience' equal an endorsement for Libertarian Gary Johnson?

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During the Republican National Convention this week, Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump - a decision that was met with a round of boos. 

"We deserve leaders who stand for principle, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love," Cruz said. "That is the standard we should expect from everybody. And, to those listening, please don't stay home in November. If you love our country, and love our children as much as you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution. " 

If Cruz wasn't endorsing Trump, was he endorsing Gary Johnson? If you ask the Libertarian nominee, he'd say yes. 

"He did say to vote for Gary Johnson, didn't he? And that was 'vote your conscience,'" Johnson told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day. "I certainly would uphold the Constitution."

Johnson is just a couple of polling points from being able to appear in the national presidential debates this fall alongside Trump and Clinton. He is currently polling at 13 percent. 

RELATED: Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson hopes to gain supporters after Sanders endorses Clinton

"Thirteen percent in the polls. Oh my gosh. Looks like we're going to get in the presidential debate," Johnson said to Cuomo. "Keeping in mind, just in the last six weeks, 13% is double what it was just six weeks ago."

CNN: Why I'm running for president, by Gary Johnson

"I think Donald Trump alienates more than half of the Republicans," he said. Johnson also told CNN while speaking in Cleveland this week, he's had many Republicans stop and express their support for him. 

"Like 1,000 people. Amazing. And not one single jab. You'd think I'd get a poke. At least one poke," he said. "Amazing. Really. Unbelievable. You would have figured a couple of 'Hey what are you doing?'"

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