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Even The National Review Doesn’t Think Cruz Needed To Pull Campaign Ad Featuring Porn Star

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Amy Lindsay's history as an actress in adult films wasn't known to the Cruz campaign when she was cast for an ad.

Believe it or not, in 2012, pornography was an issue Republican presidential candidates had to address on the campaign trail.

That hasn’t been the case this time around, but this week, Ted Cruz made porn a topic of conversation by pulling an anti-Marco Rubio ad that turned out to feature a woman BuzzFeed describes as a “softcore porn star.”

The woman, Amy Lindsay, reportedly appeared in adult films with titles like Erotic Confessions, Carnal Wishes, and Insatiable Desires.

In the Cruz campaign’s “Conservatives Anonymous” ad, Lindsay responds to a man who facetiously expresses disappointment because he 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.”

“Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time,” Lindsay responds.

After Lindsay’s porn history came to light, BuzzFeed reached out to the Cruz campaign for comment. Cruz spokesman Ricky Tyler responded with a statement announcing the ad had been pulled and expressed regret for Lindsay’s involvement.

“The actress responded to an open casting call. She passed her audition and got the job. 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,” he said.

Though Republicans have a long history of being very concerned about porn’s place in American society — in fact, just earlier this week, a Utah state senator introduced a legislative resolution that would recognize the “societal harms” posed by pornography — Cruz’s decision to pull the ad was panned by even the conservative National Review’s Charles C. Cooke.

“Why can’t soft porn actresses be in campaign commercials? Or in anything else for that matter?” Cooke writes. “She wasn’t performing soft pornography in the commercial, nor was she doing anything else that would be inappropriate for a political spot.”

Lindsay, for her part, indicated she also thinks Cruz made the wrong call (she didn’t respond to our request for comment):