Former Republican presidential candidate and Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina has endorsed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for the GOP presidential nomination. Fiorina made the announcement on March 9 at a rally at Miami Dade College.
Fiorina claimed that she voted for Cruz rather than herself in the Super Tuesday Virginia primary, reports Yahoo Politics.
“I walked into the ballot box and looked at the ballot and I saw my own name on the ballot. It was kind of a thrill. But then I checked the box for Ted Cruz,” said Fiorina.
Fiorina praised Cruz as a leader who is capable of challenging the GOP establishment better than candidates in both the Democratic and Republican parties.
“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin. They’re not going to reform the system. They are the system,” said Fiorina.
“Ted Cruz is a fearless fighter for our constitutional rights. He has spent his life protecting Americans’ God-given liberties, and he has always stood by his word. Unlike the status-quo political class in D.C., Ted Cruz didn’t cower when he got to Washington - he stood unequivocally for the American people. I know Ted, and he’ll do the same as President.”
Much of Fiorina’s support for Cruz seemed to stem from her opposition to current Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. The former candidate alleged that Trump has made billions of dollars buying the influence or politicians, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“We’re going to have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box, and the only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz,” said Fiorina.
Fiorina is not the only Republican leader supporting Ted Cruz as an alternative to Donald Trump’s nomination. Former GOP candidate Lindsey Graham spoke out on March 1 that Cruz may be the GOP’s only shot at defeating Donald Trump’s momentum, reports Politico.
“We may be in a position where we have to rally around Ted Cruz as the only [way] to stop Donald Trump. And I’m not so sure that would work,” Graham told CBS.