Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee Head to Kentucky to Support Jailed Clerk Kim Davis

The two presidential candidates will end up in town the same day.

She has said it goes against her religious beliefs to do so. Since then, her plight has been a rallying cry for some conservative presidential candidates that religious freedom is under assault.

“Sen. Cruz stands with Kim Davis and is committed to defending every American's First Amendment right to religious liberty. The First Amendment is foundational to all other freedoms we enjoy and it is tragic that in America today, our own citizens would have to worry about being targeted or arrested for merely living out their religious convictions,” an aide to Cruz’s presidential campaign said.

An aide to Cruz says the senator’s trip, while announced after Huckabee’s, is not a political move to outmaneuver the former Arkansas governor. The aide said the decision to go today simply worked best with Cruz’s schedule.

“Cruz expressed interest in visiting Davis the moment he found out about her arrest,” the Cruz aide said.

Cruz issued a statement last week after Davis’ arrest, saying, “I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion.”

His aide said, “Sen. Cruz will continue doing everything in his power to defend Kim Davis and ensure that no other Americans are further targeted for their religious beliefs.”

Cruz’s trip to Kentucky follows a summer of activities in which he has highlighted to potential voters how he believes religious freedom is under assault. He held a rally last month featuring appearances by other religious freedom advocates, including an Iowa couple who refused to host a gay wedding at a venue they owned.