Breaking: Cruz Picks Up Endorsement from Fiorina

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

While campaigning in Florida this morning, Ted Cruz announced a surprise, new endorsement from a former GOP rival in the 2016 race: Carly Fiorina.

In her remarks, Fiorina urged conservatives to unite behind Cruz in order to defeat Donald Trump:

Mrs. Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO, told a crowd at a Cruz rally that she voted for the Texas senator during Virginia’s March 1 primary and urged Republicans to rally behind him.

“We’re going to have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box,” Mrs. Fiorina said. “And the only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz.”

Mrs. Fiorina stressed Mr. Cruz’s electability, saying he “won, over and over and over again,” Mrs. Fiorina said.

She added: “It is time to unite behind Ted Cruz.”

Mrs. Fiorina hinted that she will serve as a Cruz surrogate attacking Mr. Trump, with whom she tangled in a Republican debate last September.

“The truth is that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin,” she said. “They’re not going to reform the system, they are the system.”

Fiorina becomes the second former 2016 candidate to endorse Cruz, joining former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Paul Dupont is the managing editor for