Just more than a month after dropping out of the race, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz on Wednesday morning in the Republican presidential primary.
“Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests, including yesterday’s Utah caucus,” Bush wrote in a Facebook post.
But the endorsement had as much to do with Bush’s dislike of Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate, as it did his belief in Cruz, the senator from Texas.
“For the sake of our party and country, we must 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, most likely Hillary Clinton, this fall,” Bush wrote in a Facebook post. “That is the only way we can reverse President Obama’s failed domestic and foreign policy agenda, and turn our country around.”
Despite being widely disliked by his Senate colleagues, Cruz has enjoyed a few high-profile endorsements in recent days as the anti-Trump movement has coalesced around him. Both Sen. Lindsay Graham and Mitt Romney gave Cruz their support in the last week.