As the 2020 election season rolls out, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has garnered both some expected and unexpected endorsements along the way. No one doubted that reproductive rights organizations or LGBTQ advocates would endorse the longtime senator and former Vice President, but the sheer number of Justice Department officials, Defense Department officials, and others currently serving under Trump have come as a surprise. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is expected to announce his own endorsement ahead of the elections.
ex-GOP presidential candidate/Ted Cruz running mate Carly Fiorina: “I can’t support Donald Trump. I’m encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. we need humility and empathy in public life right now. Character counts.”https://t.co/HxYzxUH4tz
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) June 25, 2020
Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, who ran on the Republican ticket in 2016, officially announced her endorsement of Joe Biden in an interview. She is not the first, nor is she expected to be the last, Republican to endorse the Democratic candidate in the age of Trump.
According to The Atlantic, in an interview with The Ticket, Fiorina said:
‘I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump. And elections are binary choices…As citizens, our vote is more than a check on a box. You know, it’s a statement about where we want to go, and I think what we need now actually is real leadership that can unify the country,” she said. “I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life. And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts.’
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 15, 2020
It was surprising when Fiorina endorsed Trump in 2016, particularly after their ugly exchange on the primary debate stage when Trump said no one would vote for the former head of Hewlitt-Packard because of her face. However, Fiorina did endorse him, but has since had a change of heart.
‘Of course, Trump diehards will dismiss her. She has said over the years that Trump isn’t a real businessman, that he lacks character, that he is the definition of an autocrat, that impeachment was “vital.” But she’s not the stereotype of a Republican squish: Before her 2016 run, she was a Tea Party–type candidate for Senate in 2010 and the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Four years ago, she voted for Trump—even after he’d been caught saying about her, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”’
The Advocate announces its endorsement of Joe Biden: “That may seem like a no-brainer. After all, we were never going to endorse Donald Trump, and Biden is, by any measure, exponentially better than the lying, hateful, sexist, and narcissistic incumbent.” https://t.co/spwxj3dzyM
— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) June 25, 2020
Even distancing herself from more mainstream Republicans, Fiorina endorsed ideas imparted by the more progressive Left about corporate control and getting big money out of politics.
‘Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are right, she said: The structures of power have been bent too far toward corporate control. But if conservatives really want to do anything about it, she said, they need to start by standing up for their principles.’
We’re so excited to have the endorsement of the @NRDC_AF!
Climate change is one of the great challenges facing our planet. Together, we’re going to elect a leader who’s ready to rally the world in tackling the climate emergency. https://t.co/cIw9vdOB5q
— Team Joe (Text JOE to 30330) (@TeamJoe) June 24, 2020
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