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Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble Endorses Ted Cruz For President

Wisconsin congressman Rep. Reid Ribble joined Badger state Gov. Scott Walker in endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for president this week, just ahead of the state’s Tuesday Republican primary contest.

“We are at a very critical time in our nation,” Ribble said as he endorsed Cruz.

Americans need a strong, principled leader to help turn this country around. Ted Cruz is the leader we need in the White House. Ted has stood up and fought for conservative principles and the American people his entire life. He has the proven record of fighting for the issues that matter most to Americans. I am confident that Ted will continue to work to restore this country back to the principles that made this country great. I encourage all Republicans to join Governor Walker and me in voting for Ted Cruz on Tuesday.

“Reid is a strong, principled conservative,” Cruz responded to Ribble’s endorsement. “He is a leader in the Badger State and has spent his time in Congress fighting for the people of Wisconsin and all Americans. Reid has advocated for a smaller federal government and worked to rein in reckless spending. I am thrilled to have his support for our campaign.”

Ribble was one of 40 Republican members of congress to sign Rep. Jeff Duncan’s January 2015 letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring to the Senate floor for a vote a House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill to block funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty.

Ribble left the House Freedom Caucus in October 2015. The Associated Press reported that he referred to caucus tactics as hurting the the Republican Party upon his departure from the group. In the same month the Freedom Caucus moved in the direction of backing Rep. Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House. Ribble also traveled with President Barack Obama and a delegation of almost entirely Democratic elected officials to the island nation of Cuba in March.

Ribble announced in January that he won’t seek re-election. Fox 6 reported that Ribble wants to spend more time with family and is fulfilling a promise made during his initial 2010 campaign for the office to not spend more than four terms or eight years in office. In a statement Biddle emphasized that he doesn’t believe elected office should be a career.

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