By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz on Wednesday morning, urging fellow Republicans not to elect Donald Trump as their next GOP nominee. Bush spoke highly of Cruz during his long-awaited endorsement, following his announcement last month that he was dropping out of the 2016 race.
In a statement sent to CNN, Bush said that Cruz is a “consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests." He added,"Washington is broken, and the only way Republicans can hope to win back the White House and put our nation on a better path is to support a nominee who can articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential."
With his endorsement of Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush sends a message to voters: Reject Donald Trump https://t.co/PLC0olrvyJ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 23, 2016
Bush reiterated his disapproval of Trump on Wednesday, warning that if the real estate mogul becomes the Republican nominee, Democrats will win The White House in November. In the past, Bush has not been shy about expressing his thoughts on the Republican front-runner, describing him as a "bully" and someone who is "not a conservative."
In his statement to CNN, Bush wrote, "For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama's failed policies."
Jeb's mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, also spoke out against Trump in February, telling reporters that she's "sick of him" and that Trump had said "terrible things about women, terrible things about the military."
Jeb Bush today announced a long-awaited endorsement of a candidate after dropping out the race last month https://t.co/srQS7snYq3
— VICE News (@vicenews) March 23, 2016
For his part, Ted Cruz said of his former rival's endorsement, “I'm truly honored to earn Governor Jeb Bush's support ... Governor Bush was an extraordinary governor of Florida, and his record of job creation and education innovation left a lasting legacy for millions of Floridians.”
“His endorsement today is further evidence that Republicans are continuing to unite behind our campaign to nominate a proven conservative to defeat Hillary Clinton in November, take back the White House, and ensure a freer and more prosperous America for future generations,” Cruz said.
Here’s what National spokesman for the Ted Cruz campaign, Ron Nehring, has to say about Cruz’s prospects for making it to the White House:
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