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Ted Cruz Gains Another Major Endorsement

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Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz picked up his third major endorsement in 24 hours, with more yet to come, this time from a man many credit with the rebirth of the modern conservative movement. (Reuters)

So far this election cycle, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has nailed down some big endorsements in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, but he picked up his biggest endorsement Wednesday afternoon.

Richard Viguerie revolutionized political direct mail funding and is credited with a significant role in helping elect Ronald Reagan. Some call him the father of the modern conservative movement.

"Richard Viguerie is a hero of the conservative movement," Cruz said. "I couldn't be prouder to have his support, which should send a strong message to conservatives nationwide that our campaign is coalescing the movement. From libertarians to Tea Partiers to social and national security conservatives, people are getting behind our campaign because it is time to restore constitutional principles and reignite the promise of this great nation."

In an op-ed titled "What Are We Conservatives Waiting For?", Viguerie expressed why he felt conservatives needed to rally around the freshman senator from Texas.

"...Republicans must nominate a candidate who we know will govern according to constitutional principles, who is capable of drawing a clear contrast with Hillary Clinton and the Democrats on the issues of importance in today's political environment, and who has the brains, talent and discipline to fight Hillary Clinton and win," he wrote. "That candidate is Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. To conservatives who continue to window shop I say, 'What are you waiting for? In Ted Cruz, conservatives have a candidate that's everything we want.'"

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