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A recent story from National Review made headlines by suggesting that some of Sen. Ted Cruz’s heaviest backers were beginning to court the Rubio campaign about switching their endorsements.

The evangelical leaders quoted in the National Review story were quick to denounce these rumors as baseless.

Several of these men, members of “the GROUP,” gave statements to Conservative HQ reiterating their loyalty to the Cruz campaign.

Richard Viguerie:

“The idea that conservatives will shift their support from Cruz to Rubio is preposterous given Marco Rubio’s many betrayals of the conservative movement going back to when he served in the Florida House,” observed Viguerie. “Senator Rubio’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens, his support for the Obama-Hillary Clinton disasters in the Middle East, and his long record of supporting big spending and intrusive government has rendered him unacceptable to key elements of the conservative coalition that elected Ronald Reagan and powered Republicans to historic victories in the 2010 and 2014 elections.”

Tony Perkins:

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council recently said there isn’t “a snowball’s chance” that he will support Rubio. He also said any suggestion of Cruz’s allies abandoning him are “lies from the Rubio camp.”

Dr. James Dobson:

“Ted Cruz’s record on religious liberty, life, and marriage is second to none in this Republican field,” said Dr. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk Radio. “I continue to believe that Ted Cruz is the candidate for president who has the moral and spiritual foundations to lead our nation with excellence. I continue to urge conservatives and people of faith to support and vote for Ted Cruz for President.”

Ken Cuccinelli:

“When I endorsed Ted Cruz for President, I said not only does Senator Cruz have a proven track record for standing up for conservative values, but he has also demonstrated a willingness to fight back against both the Democrats and the establishment agenda and that I was confident that he will take these same qualities with him to the White House. Nothing that has happened since Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa Caucuses has changed that,” said Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of Virginia and Republican candidate for Governor in 2013. “In fact, Ted’s courageous stand against ethanol subsidies in the heart of corn country – in Iowa – reinforced my confidence that only Ted Cruz will take on the special interests in Washington.”

Conservative Review’s Steve Deace, who knows each of these men personally, also weighed in: