Conservative talk show host Mark Levin endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president Wednesday on his recently-launched television program.
"I've decided I'm going to let you know who I support for president of the United States by the end of this discussion and why," Levin said at the outset of a 47-minute video. "Some of you will be angry at me. Some of you will think I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Think as you will, but at least listen to what I have to say."
After discussing the founding of the U.S., Levin said his "purpose here tonight is not to trash any candidate."
"My purpose here tonight is to tell you why I support Ted Cruz for president of the United States," he said. "I support Ted Cruz for president of the United States because I believe everything I’ve just discussed with you."
[sharequote align="center"]"My purpose here tonight is to tell you why I support Ted Cruz for president of the United States."[/sharequote]
"He appreciates, he embraces, he understands, and he has fought for throughout his life too. That is the Constitution, the republic, individual sovereignty, the separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, family, faith, a secure border, our national security," Levin said.
The radio host conceded that "nobody's perfect" — including his "great idol" President Ronald Reagan.
"So it’s not that we seek perfection or that we nitpicking ways to oppose somebody. No. You look at the whole picture. You take the whole life of the individual. You look at the entire career over a period of time. And when you do that, it really is a simple decision, is it not? If you’re a conservative, if you’re a constitutionalist, if you’d been a Tea Party activist, if you’re a Reagan-ite, or a Reagan Democrat, it really is in the end a simple decision," Levin contended. "At least it is for me."
Levin said that he had confidence Cruz could defeat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a general election.
"Let me suggest if he gets the nomination, he will be elected president of the United States. Because if you just think about it in your mind’s eye, they’re on the stage, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz — I think he’d wipe the floor with her," he predicted. "Not because he’s the most handsome candidate ever, no. Because he’s one of the smartest candidates ever. And he knows how to run. And he knows how to speak. And I believe with your help, he knows how to win."
Levin joins other conservative media personalities who have endorsed Cruz's candidacy, including TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck and talk radio host Ben Ferguson.
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