Gary Busey Endorses GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich

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The "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant says he knows what Gingrich "stands for."

Actor and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Gary Busey is siding with a Republican presidential hopeful.

At a holiday party this past weekend, Busey said that he would be endorsing former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich as he campaigns for the GOP ticket.

"I've never met Newt but I know what he stands for," Busey told The Hill. When asked whether he identified himself as a member of the Republican party, Busey responded, "I'm a Texan."

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Busey made clear that even though he was from Texas, he wasn't supporting current governor Rick Perry just to remain loyal to his home state.

"He's a good guy, he just doesn't belong in the race," Busey declared.

Busey, who appeared on Donald Trump's reality competition series Celebrity Apprentice, had nothing but nice things to say about Trump. The media mogul had been eyeing a potential presidential run earlier this year.

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"Donald would be great. He's a good friend," Busey said.

The 67-year-old has appeared in Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger and received an Oscar nomination in 1978 for The Buddy Holly Story.

Trump is moderating the Republican debate on Dec. 27 in Des Moines, Iowa, though many of the candidates -- Perry, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Texas Rep. Ron Paul -- will not participate.