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Labrador endorses Ted Cruz for President

Freedom Caucus member Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2015. He endorsed Ted Cruz for President Wednesday.
Freedom Caucus member Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2015. He endorsed Ted Cruz for President Wednesday. AP

Idaho Republican Rep. Raúl Labrador has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination for President.

The Cruz campaign confirmed the endorsement 19 hours after National Review had broken the story.

Labrador, one of the founding members of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus in the House, had previously endorsed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul before he dropped out of the race.

“Senator Ted Cruz has always been a stalwart defender of the constitution and a tireless advocate for conservative principles,” said Rep. Labrador. “Americans know Washington is broken.

Ted Cruz is the only candidate that will truly change the way Washington works, restore the balance of power between the presidency and the American people, and advance the principles of freedom and liberty for all Americans, not just the privileged few.

Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador

Labrador said its time for conservatives to unite behind the one candidate that can win in November.

“Raúl is a passionate advocate for liberty who has spent his time in Congress fighting for the freedoms of Idahoans and for all Americans,” said Cruz. “He has continuously stood up and fought for conservative principles like limited government, reigning in Obama’s lawlessness, defunding Obamacare and protecting life and marriage. We need more leaders in Washington like him, working to restore the power back to the American people from the Washington establishment. I am thrilled to have his support for our campaign and look forward to working together to restore this country to the principles it was founded upon.”

I am writing a story for the weekend on how public land issues may affect the Republican Presidential race. Cruz, like Paul, are strong advocates for transferring public lands to the states. Labrador has sponsored a bill that has passed the House to give states management authority over portions of national forests with the proceeds going to counties as a pilot program.

Rocky Barker: 208-377-6484, @RockyBarker

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