Ted Cruz wins backing of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson – Chron.com
The Duck Dynasty primary is over, and the winner is Ted Cruz.
The Cruz campaign released a video Wednesday featuring professional hunter, businessman, Christian minister, and reality television star Phil Robertson, depicted duck hunting with the Texas senator.
"My qualifications for President of the United States are rather narrow," Robertson begins. "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? ... [Cruz] fits the bill." (Story continues below)
Cue up the duck calls, face paint, and gun shots.
Robertson’s conservative views have gotten the reality TV star in trouble in the past. He was briefly suspended from the A&E show at the end of 2013 for making homophobic remarks in an interview with GQ. He also came under fire last March after telling a graphic anti-atheism parable at a prayer breakfast in Florida.
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In advance of the Iowa caucuses in two weeks, Cruz has been rolling out a cast of conservative backers. But this one combines them all: God. Guns, and Guts.
Cruz has been dinged in the polls recently after Donald Trump questioned whether the Canadian-born senator was a natural-born citizen. See the controversy explained in the gallery above.  
Kevin Diaz came to the Houston Chronicle in February 2014 with more than a decade of experience covering Washington. Before that, he was the chief Washington correspondent for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he got his start in journalism in 1984 as a night cops reporter. During his tenure in Minneapolis, he won awards for his coverage of gang crime and city hall. He also taught public affairs reporting at the University of Minnesota, where he received his Master's. After a stint at the Washington (D.C.) City Paper, Kevin went back to the Star Tribune, where he won national awards for articles on globalization and immigration. He also covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks from Washington and New York. Born and raised in Italy, Kevin has reported from Italy, Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba, where he covered Jesse Ventura's 2002 trade mission. In 2003, he filed daily Iraq War dispatches for McClatchy Newspapers from the U.S. Central Command in Qatar. In 2006, he covered the presidential election standoff in Mexico. He also has covered Washington for the Anchorage Daily News and the Idaho Statesman.

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