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Rick Harrison is making a move that is causing him to lose a lot of support. He announced that he is backing GOP candidate Marco Rubio. Check it out…

Las Vegas (CNN) Since its debut six years ago, the popularity of “Pawn Stars” — a reality show about a little Las Vegas pawn shop — has exploded worldwide and resulted in more than 400 episodes. Earlier this year, the show’s star, Rick Harrison, announced his support for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, who is riding high after a strong debate performance in Colorado this week.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Harrison discusses why he chose Rubio, his thoughts on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and his hatred of political correctness. This interview has been edited and condensed.

CNN: There are more than a dozen Republican presidential candidates. Why did you endorse Marco Rubio and how did you get to know him?

RH: I got invited to a political thing in town and we got to talking. … I was deeply impressed. It was the first time I sat down with a politician that long and it wasn’t “the party, the party, the party.” All he was talking about was people. Quite frankly, I’ve never had a politician talk like that.

His dad was a bartender at a bowling alley and his mom was a maid at a casino here in town. When someone mentions living paycheck to paycheck, he goes, “Yeah, I was raised that way.” I think if you have a leader, you need someone who has experienced what people are experiencing.

CNN: Have you been involved with Republican politics before?

RH: I suddenly became famous and I was the one willing to throw my career away to endorse a Republican. When you endorse a Republican, everyone sort of frowns on you. I don’t know why, but hey.

CNN: Have you experienced that?

RH: To a degree, yeah. There have been some endorsements that didn’t happen.

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