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Ted Cruz Bags Endorsement of 'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch

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    Ted Cruz Bags Endorsement of 'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch
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    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (left) has bagged the endorsement of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson.

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has bagged the endorsement of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson after going hunting with him.

    The bearded and camouflaged Robertson announced his endorsement of Cruz in a video released Wednesday. Robertson and Cruz are shown sitting in a duck blind, blowing a duck whistle and firing shotguns. The Republican senator from Texas is wearing camouflage overalls.

    Robertson says in the endorsement video that his qualifications for a president include someone who is godly and who would "kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo." He says Cruz "fits the bill."

    Cruz defended Robertson in 2014 when he got in trouble for declaring that gays are sinners and that African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws.

    In a statement released Wednesday, Cruz said:

    "I am thrilled to have Phil's support for our campaign. 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."