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At Iowa Rally, Glenn Beck Endorses Ted Cruz for President.

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ANKENY, Iowa - Conservative media personality Glenn Beck on Saturday endorsed Ted Cruz for president, sharply contrasting him with his closest competition here 9 days before the caucuses.

At a rally in this Des Moines suburb, Beck, a Dallas-based radio host, made his support official, criticizing billionaire Donald Trump as an egomaniac not unlike President Barack Obama, who Beck said cannot be trusted.

The endorsement was billed as the first time Beck has formally thrown his support behind a presidential candidate.

"We need a new George Washington," Beck said in a statement. "Today's Washington will not be found in the garish light of gold, but rather, in the bold service of a man who stands tirelessly for what he deeply believes - that government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Beck announced his endorsement at the start of Cruz's final trip to Iowa before the Feb. 1 caucuses. Cruz was set to appear at another rally with Cruz later Saturday in Waterloo.

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Date:Jan 23, 2016
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