One-time Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina announced on Thursday that she no longer supports Donald Trump, and instead of voting third-party, she will vote for Democrat candidate Joe Biden.
Fiorina ran for president in 2016, and after her bid failed, she signed on with then-candidate Ted Cruz as his running mate. After both defeats, Fiorina voted for President Trump. This time, she’s choosing Biden for his devotion to “values and principles and character.”
Fiorina was a rising star in the conservative movement a decade ago, running for the Senate as a Tea Party candidate in 2010 and subsequently launching a presidential campaign in 2016.
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO has long characterized herself as a staunchly pro-life Republican but said in an interview released on Thursday that “I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump. And, you know, 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. 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.
This isn’t the first time Fiorina has spoken out against Trump. She also jumped on the impeachment train in December, criticizing his conduct towards Ukraine. At the time, she declined to confirm or deny that she would be voting against Trump.
Recognizing racism is part of being pro-life
Fiorina attempted to spike arguments that Biden and the Democrat platform is not pro-life, claiming the issue encompasses “systemic racism and structural racism,” which Joe Biden seeks to address.
“If we care so deeply about unborn life—and I do, because I think every life has enormous potential and is gifted by God,” Fiorina explained. “And I think abortion is used discriminately against poor people and people of color—but if we care about life that’s unborn, we need to care about life that’s in this world too.”
“That means we actually have to make progress on criminal-justice reform and police reform. And we have to stand up and recognize systemic racism and structural racism and make real progress on that, because too many lives that are here are being wasted and ignored and dismissed and overlooked. And sadly, murdered in broad daylight,” she continued.
She did not address the fact that Biden has been directly endorsed by Planned Parenthood and other aggressively pro-abortion groups.
Though she admitted that she agrees with several major Trump policy decisions, including his judicial appointments and pro-life reforms during the course of his presidency, Biden “talks about the soul of the nation.”
“There are plenty of policy differences that I have with Joe Biden,” she admitted. “And there are plenty of policy differences that I have with the more progressive wing of the Democrat Party. And yet, I think when Biden talks about the soul of the nation, I think what he’s talking about is values and principles and character.”