Hours before the Utah caucuses this evening, Sen. Ted Cruz has received an endorsement from Utah Rep. Mia Love.
Via The Hill:
The only black, female Republican in Congress endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president on Tuesday, the day of her state’s GOP caucuses.
“America faces difficult challenges and pressing problems at home and abroad,” Rep. Mia Love (Utah) said in a statement. “There has never been a greater need for courage and courageous leaders.”
Without mentioning Republican front-runner Donald Trump by name, Love sought to draw a distinction between what she sees as a campaign based on “angst and anger” and one of substance.
“Because I believe we need a president with less bravado and more real courage to act on conservative principles, I will be casting my vote Tuesday for Ted Cruz,” she continued. “He has proven himself to be a principled, courageous leader with a positive agenda for our future.”
Love said Cruz reflected the values she wants to see in White House.
“I want a president who is interested in reducing the power of the presidency and federal government — not expanding it,” she said.
“I want a president I know I can count on to sign into law the kinds of bills I have introduced related to higher education, eliminating massive bills filled with pork and perks for the well-connected, serving our veterans and creating jobs for hardworking Americans.”
Though he holds a 21-point lead in Utah, according to a Deseret News/KSL poll, the margin of victory in this state is very important. If one Republican nets more than 50 percent of the vote, he automatically gets all 40 of Utah’s GOP delegates.
Rep. Love previously had backed Sen. Marco Rubio in the presidential race, saying he’s “very strong” on national security and foreign policy to keep America safe.
Of course, Love’s previous backing of Rubio will be a negative for some “anti-establishment” folks. But with Rubio out of the race, it seems many of his supporters — and possibly the former candidate himself — are now turning to Cruz.
But you have to kinda wonder, why’d she wait ’til the absolute last minute?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]