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Ron Paul, in a 15-second YouTube video, endorses Ammon Bundy for governor of Idaho.

Ammon Bundy has announced an endorsement from Ron Paul in his gubernatorial run. Paul, 86, is a former three-time presidential candidate, twice as a Republican and once as the Libertarian Party nominee, and a former longtime congressman from Texas. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of Ron Paul for my candidacy to be governor of the state of Idaho,” Bundy announced on Twitter. “Ron Paul is a living legend and an icon for conservative values and constitutional purity.”

Bundy released a 15-second YouTube video of Paul giving the endorsement, which sounds like it’s a recording of a planned campaign robo-call. In it, Paul says, “Hello, everybody, I’m Congressman Ron Paul. I’m calling on behalf of Ammon Bundy who’s running for governor in Idaho. He’s doing very well. He’s a friend of liberty. He’s a strict constitutionalist, and I know he would make a great governor.”

Bundy, an anti-government activist, is among an array of announced candidates for governor of Idaho next year; incumbent GOP Gov. Brad Little hasn’t yet announced his reelection plans, but has been raising money for his campaign. The primary election is May 24.

On Tuesday, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announced that former president Donald Trump had endorsed her in the race.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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