Mark Levin endorses Ted Cruz in honor of Nancy Reagan

Conservative radio host Mark Levin endorsed Ted CruzTed CruzEven in defeat, Trump could harm the country irreparably Sanders steps up his attacks in homestretch 5 takeaways from the rush for campaign cash MORE for president late Wednesday as a tribute to former first lady Nancy Reagan.

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“I decided today was the day ultimately because of Nancy Reagan’s death,” he said on “LevinTV.”

“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 ClintonSanders aide: We're trying to open party to 'new blood' Poll: Most voters think Trump should release tax returns Poll: Clinton, Trump disliked by majority of Americans 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 TrumpJimmy Carter: Trump 'tapped a waiting reservoir there of inherent racism' Roger Stone looking into creating pro-Trump nonprofit: report Wesley Clark: 'No one knows' what Trump stands for MORE, Marco RubioMarco RubioNorth Korean official calls Trump idea of meeting 'nonsense' Senate candidate taunts Sanders: Why don't you endorse Alan Grayson? Carson: 'I would not want to be on the ticket or in the Cabinet’ 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.

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