On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gave one last plea to Alabama Republican voters, encouraging them to select U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) as the GOP nominee for November's U.S. Senate election.

During an appearance on the "Fight the Swamp Radiothon for Mo Brooks for Senate" that aired Sunday night on Montgomery radio's NewsTalk 93.1, Cruz emphasized the need for a U.S. Senator like Brooks.

"I'm proud to stand with him, and it's real simple," Cruz said. "We need reinforcements in Congress. We need leaders who have got backbones. And frankly, we need people with a proven record. You know, it's so easy on the campaign trail for candidates to tell us what we want to hear. Every candidate tells us they're conservative. Every candidate tells us exactly what we want to hear. For me in every race, my philosophy is simple: I support the strongest conservative who can win.

"Now Mo Brooks -- if he is the nominee, he will win in November. He will be a Senator, and I've served alongside Mo Brooks for a decade. And time and time again, when we had been in battle, and we had been in the fight, whether it is standing to secure our border, whether it is standing to defend the right to life, whether it is standing to defend the Second Amendment or whether it is standing up for election integrity, Mo has been there over and over and over and over again.

"And listen, if Alabama were a blue state or even a purple state, maybe they wouldn't be able to elect a conservative senator, but the free state of Alabama deserves a strong conservative leader, and I'm calling because I know Mo. I follow alongside him, and I know that when all the pressure comes from leadership, when all the pressure comes from the swamp, when all the pressure comes from Washington, I know that Mo has what it takes to stand up to that pressure and stand with the men and women from Alabama."

Cruz was also asked to react to former President Donald Trump's endorsement of Brooks' opponent, former Business Council of Alabama head Katie Britt. Cruz declined to speculate on Trump's reasoning but declared Brooks to be the strongest ally of Trump while he was commander-in-chief.

"I'm going to refrain from trying to psychoanalyze President Trump," said Cruz. "Smarter people than I have tried and failed ... What I will tell you is during the four years that Donald Trump was president, there was not a stronger ally of President Trump in the United States House of Representatives than Mo Brooks. Mo Brooks was ferocious, tireless, constantly standing alongside the President. And listen, the game -- y'all are familiar with the game. The game in Washington is that leadership, over and over again, tries to convince Republicans to give in. And the question is, who is going to have the courage to stand up to leadership and say I don't work for the lobbyists in Washington. I work for the men and women of Alabama. In this race, I think Mo Brooks clearly has the record to demonstrate he'll do that."

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