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‘He’s a Bold Leader’: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins Reveals 2016 Endorsement

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"...he's the kind of leader we need right now in America,"

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins endorsed Ted Cruz for president Tuesday night.

The evangelical leader made the announcement on the Fox News Channel.

"After looking at these candidates, talking with them, and I have many friends in this race, but I believe the one best positioned, best prepared to lead this nation forward...I believe it's Ted Cruz," Perkins said.

"He's a bold leader, he's the kind of leader we need right now in America," he added.

Perkins said that there are "attractive" things about frontrunner Donald Trump and refused to "say anything negative" about him. But, he said Cruz was the best choice.

In a statement, Cruz said he was honored to have Perkins' endorsement.

“Tony is a man of incredible principle and faith,” Cruz said. “His unwavering commitment to fight for life and marriage, and religious liberty have reverberated throughout the nation and continue to awaken a culture of life and faith throughout our communities."

He added, "I am honored to have his blessing and endorsement for 2016 so that we can together coalesce conservatives and restore the values upon which this nation was founded.”

Perkins' endorsement comes just days before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus.

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