Former Trump 2016 Republican rival Fiorina to back Biden
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[June 26, 2020]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Carly Fiorina,
a formal rival of Donald Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential
nomination, plans to cast her vote for Democrat Joe Biden in November.
"I've been very clear that I can't support Donald Trump," Fiorina told
The Atlantic magazine in an interview published on Thursday.
Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard Co chief executive, fell in line
behind Trump like many Republicans in his 2016 race against Democrat
Hillary Clinton. Since then, she has become increasingly critical and
last year called for his impeachment.
"I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and
character. I think heís demonstrated that through his life," Fiorina
told The Atlantic. "And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere
in public life right now. And I think character counts."
While Trump insulted a number of his 16 Republican rivals in the 2016
presidential campaign, Fiorina was the target of what was arguably one
of the nastiest swipes.
"Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?" Trump said, according
to Rolling Stone magazine, of the only woman candidate in the Republican
Trump dismissed the news of Fiorina's backing Biden, calling her on
Twitter a "failed presidential candidate" who "lost so badly to me."
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Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the
Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill,
Maryland, U.S. February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
Fiorina is the latest Republican to publicly split with the party's
president as the country faces widespread protests over police
brutality against Black Americans, the coronavirus pandemic and a
sharp economic downturn.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican who served
under Republican Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, has
endorsed Biden. Trumpís former defense secretary, retired General
Jim Mattis, denounced what he called Trump's "deliberate" efforts to
divide the country.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski has said she was "struggling" with
whether to support Trumpís re-election, while Republican Senator
Mitt Romney praised Mattisí words.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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