Republican Ted Cruz‘s presidential campaign quickly pulled its latest online ad – a spot promoting his conservative Christian values – off YouTube on Thursday after it emerged that a softcore porn actress was among its stars.
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The Texas senator’s ad, titled ‘Conservatives Anonymous’, accused Florida Sen. Marco Rubio of duping tea party voters who carried him into office in 2010.
It features a woman cautioning Marco’s supporters to ‘vote for more than just a pretty face next time’. The ad came down within hours after The Daily Caller identified the woman as Amy Lindsay, whose IMDb filmography lists acting 74 credits dating back to 1994, including ‘Milf’, ‘Sex Sent Me To The ER’ and ‘Carnal Wishes’.
A spokeswoman for Cruz insisted that the campaign would never knowingly hire an adult film actress.
Cruz’s press secretary Catherine Frazier said: ‘The actress responded to an open casting call. She passed her audition and got the job.
‘Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the casting company. Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad.
‘The campaign is taking the ad down and will replace it with a different commercial.’
Unfortunately for Cruz, the 30-second video was mirrored by other YouTube users
In an interview with Buzzfeed prior to the ad’s removal, Lindsay said she is a Republican and a Christian conservative – and thought it was ‘cool’ that a porn star could appear in a Cruz ad.
‘In a cool way, then hey, then it’s not just some old, white Christian bigot that people want to say, “It could be, maybe, a cool kind of open-minded woman like me,”‘ she told the website.
She also emphasized that she has not done hardcore porn, and that she has also appeared in films that are not erotic.
It’s a new setback for Cruz, who despite winning the Iowa caucuses came in third behind Donald Trump and John Kasich in the New Hampshire primary this week.
Just today, Cruz spoke at the Carolina Values Summit, the biggest gathering of Bible-belters and other social conservatives in the state that will hold the next GOP primary on February 20.
Cruz’s ad features a gathering that looks like an addiction support group, and begins with a group leader asking, ‘Has anyone else here struggled with being lied to?’
One man pipes up to say, ‘Well, I voted for a guy who was a tea party hero on the campaign trail and then he went to D.C. and played patty-cake with Chuck Schumer and cut a deal on amnesty.’
‘Does that make you angry?’ the facilitator asks.
‘Angry? It makes me feel dumb for trusting him,’ the man replies.
Then a woman in the circle, played by Lindsay, says: ‘Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time.’
Rubio’s name is not mentioned, but at the end of a commercial a man in a shirt bearing Marco’s campaign logo comes in and asks: ‘Do you guys have room for one more?’
‘Come on in! You can have Frank’s chair,’ the leader tells him.
Because it’s an ad paid for by a registered presidential campaign committee, Cruz was required to put his name on the attack before it hit the Internet.
‘I’m Ted Cruz, and I approved this message,’ he says.
This article originally appeared on Daily Mail.