Former 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina revealed in a new podcast interview that she will vote for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president in November, saying she can’t vote or “support Donald Trump.”
“I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump. And, you know, elections are binary choices,” Fiorina said in an interview on The Atlantic’s “The Ticket” podcast when asked whom she will vote for in November. “And elections are binary choices. I will say this: I think—I hope—that Biden understands that this moment in history calls for him to be a leader, not a politician.”
When pressed on confirming that she will be voting for Biden, Fiorina replied, “I’m not voting for Trump, but it’s a binary choice. So if faced with a binary choice on a ballot: yes.”
“I think what the nation is looking for is a leader. And I think this moment calls upon Joe Biden to be a leader. I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life,” she added.
Fiorina also expressed disapproval with other Republicans for not speaking up against the president but recognized that they are playing politics by keeping Trump and his fired-up base of supporters happy in order for one to win and keep their own seats.
“I’ve been public in my disappointment about how few politicians have been willing to stand up and speak on values and principles. But I understand it if you’re in politics,” she stated. “If you’re a politician, you’re focused on winning. And I think all politicians, elected politicians in the Republican Party, have struggled with the power of Trump’s base.”
The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina launched two failed political bids, once in 2010 for Senate in California and in 2016 for the White House acknowledged that despite having “plenty of policy differences” with Biden, the former vice president can “find common ground on a bipartisan basis.”
“There are plenty of policy differences that I have with Joe Biden. 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. Principles like coequal branches of government, principles like problem-solving should be a collaborative process, a bipartisan process,” Fiorina stated, without outlining the policy differences she has with Biden. “This is a great example of an opportunity to lead rather than just playing politics. He could do that. He could lead. He could problem-solve. He could find common ground on a bipartisan basis.”
When asked when was the last time she talked to Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) who was his short-term prospective running mate in 2016, Fiorina responded, “several years ago,” saying his close relationship and becoming the president vocal defender “disappoints” her.
Fiorina voted for Trump in the 2016 general election but has since publicly criticized him, supporting his impeachment last December over what she described as behavior “destructive to the republic.”
President Trump later mocked Fiorina’s remarks for saying she wouldn’t vote for him, reminding his former 2016 Republican rival that she “lost so badly” and he has “no complaints” about her decision to vote for “Corrupt Joe Biden.”
“Failed presidential candidate (thank you President Trump!), Carly Fiorina, said she will be voting for Corrupt Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “She lost so badly to me, twice in one campaign, that she should be voting for Joe. No complaints!!!”