Ted Cruz’s Campaign Pulls Ad Featuring Softcore Porn Actress

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign has taken down a campaign ad that featured a porn star, BuzzFeed News reported Thursday.

The ad captured by Buzzfeed showed a group of people attending a therapy session because they were displeased with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’s stances on issues like immigration. Among the actors was Amy Lindsay, whom BuzzFeed reported had starred in a number of softcore porn films.

In the ad, Lindsay tells another member of the therapy group: “Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time.”

When BuzzFeed News contacted the Cruz campaign for comment, spokesman Rick Tyler said the ad was being taken down and would be replaced.

“The actress responded to an open casting call. She passed her audition and got the job,” Tyler told the news site. “Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the production company. Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad.”

She told the news publication that she’s a Christian conservative and Republican.

“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 BuzzFeed.

Lindsay told BuzzFeed she was deciding between Cruz and Donald Trump for her presidential pick. It wasn’t clear if the ad had been broadcast.

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