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Ted Cruz just won the support of this important libertarian-leaning congressman AP

Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz scored the endorsement of Congressman Justin Amash, an influential libertarian.

“Ted is not a libertarian and doesn’t claim to be,” Amash wrote in a piece for IJ Review. “But he is a principled defender of the Constitution, a brilliant strategist and debater who can defeat the Democratic nominee in the general election, and the only remaining candidate I trust to take on what he correctly calls the Washington Cartel.”

Amash lists Cruz’s opposition to “cronyism and corporate welfare,” as well as his being only one of 10 senators to support Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to kill the Cybersecurity Information Security Act of 2015, or CISA, among the reasons that he supports Cruz, even though they don’t always agree on civil rights and foreign policy.

Amash writes:

Like me, Ted believes that the United States must be well defended and respected around the globe. He stands with our troops and will not put them in harm’s way unless necessary to protect our country. Unlike some other Republican candidates, Ted opposed intervening in Libya and voted against arming Syrian rebels, and he will not use our Armed Forces to engage in nation building.

“To defend liberty, we must defend our Constitution,” Amash continues. “I’m supporting Ted because, knowing him personally and having served with him in Congress over the past few years, I trust him as a conservative ally who consistently listens to my perspective and stands firm for what he believes is right.”

h/t: The Hill

James Beattie About the author:
James Beattie is a freelance writer, former staff writer for Western Journalism, and former producer for The Laura Ingraham Show. His work has also appeared at CNS News and Save Jersey, a New Jersey-based politics blog. Follow him on Twitter @JamesGBeattie
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