Sen. Ted Cruz Endorsed By 'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was endorsed by "Duck Dynasty" reality TV star Phil Robertson on Jan. 13 in a video produced by Cruz's presidential campaign (below).

In the video, Robertson and Cruz appear in hunting outfits with their faces painted in camouflage, notes ABC News.

"My qualifications for president of the United States are rather narrow," Robertson addresses the camera. "Is he or she godly? Does he or she love us? Can he or she do the job? And finally, would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo?"

During a duck hunt, Robertson tells the Republican candidate: "Cruz, the reason we're going to vote for you, all of us, is because you're one of us, my man. That's why we're voting for you. It's now or never."

Cruz showered Robertson with praise in a statement on Jan. 13, notes NPR:

"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."

Robertson sparked controversy in 2013 when he made disparaging remarks about gay people, and said that black people were happy under Jim Crow laws.

Robertson's endorsement may help Cruz among Christian evangelicals whom the presidential candidate has been courting.

Cruz recently told Iowans: "I want to ask every one here between now and Feb. 1, if you could commit to pray each day," notes The Washington Post.

"Just one minute when you wake up in the morning," Cruz added. "When you’re shaving. When you’re having lunch. When you’re tucking your kids into bed."

Sources: ABC News, NPR, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Ted Cruz/YouTube