Fiorina says she'll vote for Biden, not Trump, drawing Twitter bash from president

Fiorina was a presidential candidate in 2016, but dropped out after early losses

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June 25, 2020 - 6:00pm

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Carly Fiorina, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO, says she’s voting in November for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, not Republican Donald Trump.

Fiorina explained her decision in an Atlantic magazine podcast posted Thursday, saying that she struggled with whether to go public with her pick and that she is encouraged in knowing that Biden is a person of humility, empathy and character. 

“I think he’s demonstrated that through his life,” Fiorina said. “And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts.”

Fiorina, who made an early exit from the huge, 2016 GOP presidential primary field, also said about her pick: "I've been very clear that I can't support Donald Trump. … "I'm not voting for Trump, but it's a binary choice. So if faced with a binary choice on a ballot: yes."

Trump promptly criticized Fiorina and her decision on social media. 

“Failed presidential candidate (thank you President Trump!), Carly Fiorina, said she will be voting for Corrupt Joe Biden,” the president tweeted. “She lost so badly to me, twice in one campaign, that she should be voting for Joe. No complaints!!!”

Four years ago, Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s picked Fiorina as his potential running mate, as the massive GOP presidential primary narrowed to him and Trump.

Fiorina said Thursday that she has not spoken to Cruz in several years and doesn’t condone his support for Trump. 

“I don’t excuse it,” said Fiornia, who last month also said she wouldn’t vote for Trump. “I don’t. It disappoints me.”

 

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