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Cruz campaign pulls U.S. ad featuring soft-core porn actress

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has pulled a campaign ad after it turned out that the clip, which attacked rival Marco Rubio, featured a soft-core porn actress.

The commercial for Cruz, a champion of the religious right who won the Iowa caucus last week, seemed rather innocuous as far as vicious campaign ads can sometimes go.

It showed disappointed members of what was supposed to be a support group calmly discussing how they had been betrayed by conservative candidates who become moderate once elected.

In a dig at Cruz’s telegenic rival Rubio, one of the women in the circle advises another voter: “Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time.”

The actress playing that woman is none other than Amy Lindsay, best known for her soft-core porn roles in such films as “Beverly Hills Bordello” and “Private Sex Club.”

The Daily Caller news website was the first to point out the actress’s questionable resume after the Cruz ad aired Thursday, and the campaign quickly removed the commercial.

“The actress responded to an open casting call,” Cruz campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Daily Caller.

“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.”

Lindsay, who says she is a Cruz supporter, responded on Twitter, saying she was “extremely disappointed” and stressing that “#myvotecounts.”

“I think this is politics as usual. It was done in a snap moment. Someone has got to make a decision and sometimes it’s just better to take it down,” she later told CNN.

Although she had not known which Republican the ad was for when she auditioned, the self-described conservative said she “knew that it was something I could get behind and support.”

The actress, who said Cruz was still in the running for her vote despite pulling the ad, told several U.S. media outlets that she had never been featured in hard-core pornography but has appeared in a number of mainstream films.

“Even though I’m a soft-core actress, I’m voting conservative and Republican . . . I couldn’t do a Hillary Clinton commercial for all the money in the world,” she told The Washington Post.