2020 Election: Carly Fiorina says she will vote for Joe Biden

“I have been very clear that I cannot support Donald Trump. And, you know, elections are binary elections. I will say this: I think, I hope, that Biden understands that this moment in history requires him to be a leader, not a politician, “Fiorina told The Atlantic The Ticket podcast in an interview published Thursday.

Pressing whether that meant he would vote for Biden in the general election, Fiorina replied, “Well, isn’t it until November? I won’t vote for Trump … it’s a binary election. So if you face a binary election on a ballot, yes “.

Fiorina is one of several Republicans who have recently said they will not vote for Trump in November. Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton said he will write to a conservative candidate instead, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell told CNN’s Jake Tapper about “State of the Union” earlier this month. who will vote for Biden.

Fiorina, an anti-abortionist and former candidate for the US Senate. The US acknowledged that there are “many political differences” with Biden, but added that he believes the former vice president could “solve problems” and “find common ground on a bipartisan basis.”

“I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility, empathy and character. I think he has demonstrated this throughout his life,” he said.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO was one of 17 Republican presidential candidates in 2016, making him the only declared candidate to seek the Republican nomination.

After retiring, he backed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas as president, and Cruz, in a belated attempt to regain momentum in the race, named Fiorina his running mate. Cruz and Trump had engaged in an ugly and controversial primary fight over the nomination, culminating in Cruz calling Trump “completely amoral” and Trump verbally attacking Cruz’s wife.

When asked about Trump’s embrace of Cruz now, Fiorina told The Atlantic that she believes “it is about politics” and that she has not spoken to the United States senator in a couple of years.

“I don’t apologize. I don’t. I am disappointed,” he said.

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Fiorina said she voted for Trump in 2016, citing her disapproval of then-Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, even after her own appearance was attacked by Trump during the primaries.

But since then it has been open against the president.

When Trump faced impeachment in December, Fiorina told CNN’s Poppy Harlow, “It is vital that he be charged,” but he did not come to demand his removal.

At the time, he did not rule out voting for Trump in 2020 again, saying it “depends on who the Democrats put.”

CLARIFICATION: This story was updated to reflect that Fiorina was the only woman to seek the Republican nomination in 2016.