Carly Fiorina, the 2016 former Republican presidential candidate and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said in an interview published Thursday that she intends to vote for Democrats. Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP: Trump needs a new plan to distract Trump, fuels right-wing violence Biden to accept nomination in Milwaukee amid reduced convention MORE this November
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“I have been very clear that I cannot support Donald Trump,” Fiorina said in an interview on The Atlantic’s “The Ticket” podcast. “And elections are binary elections.”
“As citizens, our vote is more than a check in a box. You know, it is a statement about where we want to go, and I think what we need now is real leadership that can unify the country, “he added. “I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility, empathy and character. I think he has shown it throughout his life. And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts. “
While Fiorina’s endorsement of the former vice president is likely to be dismissed, she has strong and conservative good faith. Fiorina ran as a Tea Party candidate for the California Senate in 2010 and voted for Trump in 2016, even after he scoffed at his 2016 campaign by commenting, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? ”The comment was widely derided as sexist.
His announcement that he will vote for Biden comes at a time when the White House faces fires on multiple fronts. The Trump administration has been criticized for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the president’s rhetoric regarding protesters protesting against police brutality and systemic racism, and detractors say the White House is painting optimistic images of a slow economy with a still high unemployment rate of 13.3 percent.
Fiorina said she was disappointed that fewer Republicans spoke out against Trump, but acknowledged that they had to continue to congratulate themselves on their voting base, who will need to keep their own seats.
“I have been public in my disappointment about how few politicians have been willing to stand up and talk about values and principles,” he said. “But I get it if you’re in politics, unfortunately. So I think people are tired of politics and politicians, whether they are Democrats or Republicans. If you are in politics, like Hillary clintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Hill Campaign Report: Progressives Feel the Moment After Primary Night Prince Harry and Meghan Sign With Speech Agency Representing Obama Campaign Communications Director Obama Rejects Survey That Show Biden for 14 PLUS points used to say, you’re on it to win it. “