Sen. Ted Cruz has snatched away endorsements for his GOP presidential bid that would appear to be a natural fit for rival Sen. Rand Paul – landing the nod from libertarians who've been supporters of Paul's father, Ron Paul.
The backing comes from the Liberty Leaders for Cruz coalition, headed by former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr, who ran for president in 2008 and now heads the nonprofit Liberty Guard, Bloomberg reports.
"More than any other candidate for President in 2016, Cruz understands that the oath the president takes is a solemn commitment to always act in accordance with the Constitution, which is after all, the mechanism whereby our individual and collective freedoms as a country are secured," Barr said in a statement, The Hill reports.
"It is that commitment to the Constitution and to liberty that has drawn me to serve Sen. Cruz."
The coalition also includes Iowa conservatives, all of whom backed Ron Paul in 2012, including Joel Kurtinitis, the founder of Liberty Iowa and a regional director for Ron Paul in 2012; Jason Schultz, a state senator; Crystal McIntyre, a Warren County supervisor; and Shawn Dietz, the Franklin County GOP chairman, The Hill notes.
The Cruz campaign released a video to highlight the new supporters.
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In a Real Clear Politics
average of national polls, Cruz comes in sixth place among GOP candidates, with 6.2 percent support, while Paul is in 10th place, with 2.4 percent.
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