Phil Robertson's Ted Cruz endorsement came in the form of a video this week in which the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch called the Texas senator "one of us."
The video, which appeared on YouTube Wednesday, shows the reality show star pledging his support for Cruz and noting that the things he looks for in a president are "narrow." CNN said the spot was paid for
by the Cruz campaign.
"Is he or she godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job?" the star of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" said of his presidential requirements in the video. "And finally, would they kill a duck and put 'em in a pot and make a good duck gumbo?"
"The reason we're going to vote for you, all of us, is because you're one of us, my man," Robertson told Cruz in the video. "It's now or never."
Cruz said in a statement on his website
that he welcomes Robertson's endorsement.
"I am thrilled to have Phil's support for our campaign," he said in the statement. "The Robertsons are a strong family of great Christian faith and conservative values. Phil's story of starting off with something small and working hard to achieve the American dream is inspiring."
"Much like my parents, and many other Americans, who started a small business and worked hard to provide for our family. If we as conservatives come together in 2016 and fight for the values that have made this country exceptional, we will win the White House and turn this country around," Cruz continued.
Cruz supported Robertson in 2013 during the reality star's brief suspension from his A&E show following an interview with GQ magazine in which he said that homosexuality is a sin that is "just not logical," according to National Public Radio
Cruz wrote in a Facebook post that Robertson's suspension
went against the reality show star's free speech rights and religious liberty.
"In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him — but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree," Cruz wrote in his post. "And, as PC enforcers often forget, tolerance is a two-way street."
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