Conservative Iowa Rep. Steve King has endorsed Ted Cruz for president, saying the Texas senator is "the answer to my prayers."
"I do believe that Ted Cruz is the full package, the constitutional conservative that can restore the soul of America," King said at a press conference in Des Moines Monday, ABC News reports
King said he made his decision after a Friday visit to Europe, where, "I saw the erosion of the culture ... because of the colossal cultural suicide they're committing," ABC News reports.
"Our nation is sick and getting sicker," King said in a press release, stating that the unity of America has been ripped apart by the Obama administration over the past seven years, Breitbart reports
"We need a president who is pro-life, pro-marriage, a constitutional originalist, who will make judicial appointments of judges to the Supreme Court and all federal courts who believe the Constitution means what is says and means what it was understood to mean when ratified," King said in the release.
He also spoke out strongly about the need for securing the nation's borders.
"We need a president who will build a fence, a wall, and a fence to finally secure all of our southern border and who will instill the will in a new administration to enforce laws passed by Congress," King said, Breitbart reports.
Yet despite the fact that GOP front-runner Donald Trump has been the most strident advocate for building a wall at the southern border, King instead chose to endorse Cruz.
When asked why, he replied:
"It's going to be harder for either [he or fellow outsider candidate Ben Carson] to see what's going on in Washington, D.C., in K street, in the network," ABC News reports him saying at the press conference in Des Moines.
"What's going on in the House and Senate and how does that get leveraged from the executive branch. I don't hear either one of them talking about the balance of powers between the executive, the legislative and the judicial branches of government. And I don't hear them talking about Supreme Court appointments."
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