Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he's voting for Ted Cruz in the Hoosier State's presidential primary on Tuesday because the Texas senator "articulates the same agenda" as Ronald Reagan.
"I am guided by the principles best espoused by former President Ronald Reagan. I am a Reagan Republican; drawn to his vision of less taxes, less government, traditional values and a strong military," Pence said in an opinion piece published Sunday in the Indianapolis Star.
"Ted articulates that same agenda with an unwavering devotion to our Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights."
Pence noted that Cruz has a plan to "eliminate excessive government programs."
"[He] has taken on big-government overreach. He led the fight to repeal Obamacare, one of the greatest burdens on families and small businesses and I have no doubt he will follow through in checking government power to restore prosperity to the people," Pence wrote.
"My vote goes to Ted Cruz because he is a principled conservative who will work to protect our constitutional liberties, bring back better-paying jobs, and serve all Americans with the character and judgment needed to revive our national strength."
Without mentioning them by name Pence noted he had met with both Cruz's rivals — Donald Trump and John Kasich — and "like and respect" them.
While Cruz can count on Pence's vote on Tuesday, he told MSNBC on Monday that he'll vote for whomever the GOP nominee is in November, which for now appears likely to be Trump.
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