Conservative radio host Mark Levin endorsed Ted CruzTed CruzHouse approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown Overnight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Could Snapchat be the digital bridge to younger voters? MORE for president late Wednesday as a tribute to former first lady Nancy Reagan.
“If you’re 45 years old or younger, you’ve never had the opportunity to vote for a conservative for president of the United States,” Levin continued. “You don’t know what it’s like — how invigorating it is, how exciting it is, how you become an activist even when you weren’t planning to be,” he added.
“Let me suggest if [Cruz] gets the nomination, he will get elected president of the United States. If you just think about it in your mind’s eye, there on the stage, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonCongress departs for recess until after Election Day House approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown Trump camp talking points: Mention Monica Lewinsky MORE and Ted Cruz, I think he’d wipe the floor with her.”
Levin said that his endorsement of Cruz does not mean he is opposed Cruz's Republican rivals, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump camp talking points: Mention Monica Lewinsky Trump floats theory that Google suppresses negative news on Clinton Trump: I saved former Miss Universe's job 'and look what I get out of it' MORE, Marco RubioMarco RubioLanny Davis: Clinton a clear winner, with or without sound Could Snapchat be the digital bridge to younger voters? Koch-linked veterans group launches ads in Senate battlegrounds MORE or John Kasich.
"My support is because I honestly believe that this is a man who understands where this country has been and where it needs to go,” Levin said. “If you’re a conservative, if you’re a constitutionalist, if you’ve been a Tea Party activist, if you’re a Reaganite or a Reagan Democrat, it really is in the end a simple decision.”
Levin defended Cruz from Trump two months ago, offering the outspoken billionaire some "friendly advice" about conducting himself as a presidential candidate.
"Either cut the crap — your accusations this morning that Cruz is a Canadian, a criminal, owned by big banks, etcetera, or you will lose lots and lots of conservatives," he said.
"Save the liberal New York bully tactics for the New York liberals. Put down your computer keyboard for a few hours, think before you tweet and collect yourself."
This report was updated at 8:18 a.m.