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Press Release - Cruz for President Announces Endorsement of Morton Blackwell

January 14, 2016


Conservative Founding Father: "I Expect Him to Win"

HOUSTON, Texas — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Morton Blackwell, the president and founder of the Leadership Institute and a founding father of the modern conservative movement.

Since being founded by Blackwell in 1979, the Leadership Institute has provided training in grassroots organizing, campaigning, fundraising, and communication to more than 171,000 conservative activists. Through 47 training workshops, they prepare conservatives for success in politics, media, and government. The Leadership Institute also has a national field-training program, organizes a network of 1,700 conservative campus groups, and offers a job placement service for conservatives.

"In every department of my campaign, our team includes young conservatives trained at the Leadership Institute," Cruz said. "Morton Blackwell often reminds conservatives that 'you owe it to your philosophy to learn how to win.' He has contributed to that victory by training two generations of conservatives in effective campaigning and leadership. Blackwell has spent decades equipping conservative thinkers with the practical strategies they need to be effective. I'm honored to have Morton's wit and wisdom in support of this campaign."

"In the past several weeks, the presidential contest has clarified." Blackwell said. "I have decided to endorse Ted Cruz and to urge other serious conservatives to join me. He has consistently demonstrated his deep commitment to conservative principles. He works hard for those principles. He is very smart. He's a world-class speaker. He has shown that he can raise the large amounts of money necessary to win the nomination and the November election. Ted Cruz has famously organized what is probably the best national ground-game campaign."

Blackwell continued, "You and I can be confident that Ted Cruz will make superb judicial nominations. The Democrats will almost certainly nominate a badly flawed candidate who is dishonest and distrusted. Let's take this opportunity to nominate and elect a Republican president who has the courage and skill to advance our conservative principles. Like me, you have probably sensed that support for Ted is growing rapidly across the country. I hope and now expect him to win the nomination."

Blackwell is a member of the Virginia Republican State Central Committee and serves as Virginia's Republican National Committeeman. He has served on the Executive Committee of the RNC. Blackwell was a delegate for both Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, and led a national youth effort for Ronald Reagan in 1980, later serving as a special assistant to President Reagan. He is an expert on Republican Party rules and serves currently on the RNC's Standing Committee on Rules.

Morton Blackwell is also known for authoring The Laws of the Public Policy Process, a series of maxims intended to help conservatives succeed at campaigning and governance. The list includes concepts like "never give a bureaucrat a chance to say no," "don't get mad except on purpose," and "people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

In a letter circulated by Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of Virginia, who endorsed Cruz in December, Blackwell endorsed Cruz and praised his conservative leadership.

Ted Cruz, Press Release - Cruz for President Announces Endorsement of Morton Blackwell Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/314949

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