DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is endorsing Texas Senator Ted Cruz for president.

Perry made the announcement in a video published on the Ted Cruz youtube channel.

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Here’s the statement in full:

“2016 is a critical election and I’m here to express to you how important it is for conservatives to rally together and support a consistent conservative candidate who’ll take on Washington, who can defeat the democrat nominee, that’s why I support Ted Cruz for president.

As an Air Force Veteran, I understand the sacrifices that our men and women in the military make every day to keep us safe. They deserve a commander in chief who values their service, who will keep our military strong, and who will always put America’s national security interests first. Ted has proven that he is ready to serve as Commander in Chief on Day One. He has also proven the willingness to take on the Washington Cartel and restore power and opportunity back to the people. He has proven that he will do what is necessary to secure our borders, to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, and to ensure our brave veterans receive the care they have earned.

Ted is the leader that we need to reignite the promise of America.

This is why I am supporting Ted Cruz and asking Iowa Republicans to Caucus for Cruz next Monday, February 1st!”

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Perry dropped out of the race to get the 2016 republican presidential nomination in September, after his poll numbers continued to decline.

“Gov. Rick Perry is a friend and a remarkable public servant,” said Cruz. “He is a proud veteran who bravely served our nation, and he was an extraordinary governor of Texas. It was an honor to serve under him during my time as Texas’ Solicitor General. I am thrilled to have Rick join our campaign. With his principled leadership, we will coalesce conservatives behind this campaign to win the White House in 2016.”

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