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Clinton said there is no new version of Trump coming as he shakes up his campaign leadership.

He drafted a speech for the Republican convention. Now he says he can't vote for Donald Trump.

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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Richard J. Cross III is a former political communications aide and speechwriter who lives in Baltimore. He wrote this for the Baltimore Sun:

I am a lifelong political animal and a longtime Maryland Republican. I worked on the staffs of Maryland Congresswoman Helen Bentley and Congressman/Gov. Bob Ehrlich. I also served on the GOP staff of the House Financial Services Committee.

I have lived my life, proudly, as a political moderate striving to make a positive contribution in and around the political arena — not an easy feat in deep blue Maryland, where an insular Democratic establishment has dominated state politics until very recently. But I have always been GOP to the core.

Growing up, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were my icons. My sense of party fealty is such that I worked on the paid GOP convention staff in Philadelphia in 2000, and again, just recently, as a professional volunteer on the speechwriting staff in Cleveland.

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