Carly Fiorina isn’t voting for President Trump this fall, instead throwing her support behind Joe Biden.
Fiorina, a former 2016 GOP presidential hopeful and Ted Cruz’s pick for VP, spoke with The Atlantic at length about the state of the Republican party as well as her thoughts on whether or not Trump is fit for office.
“I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump,” she said in the interview. “As citizens, our vote is more than a check on a box. You know, it’s a statement about where we want to go, and I think what we need now actually is real leadership that can unify the country.”
And Joe Biden is the one to get the job done, according to Fiorina.
“I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life. And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts,” she said.
Fiorina stated that while she’s a registered Republican, she doesn’t feel that she owes any one party her vote.
I believe I owe loyalty as a citizen to my community, to the Constitution, to other Americans. And I think we have witnessed, particularly in the era of Trump—but prior to that as well— what George Washington warned us about, which is that the trouble with political parties is people will come to care only about winning, and they’ll forget about values and governing. So as I’ve said publicly before, I’m unconcerned about whether I’m a loyal Republican or not, and I’m unconcerned about where “my people” are in a party structure.https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/06/carly-fiorina-vote-biden/613474/
She urges Joe Biden to be a leader, not a politician.
When asked about policy differences, Fiorina admits there are things she struggles with regarding Biden’s positions on abortion, but says there hasn’t been any progress on that on the GOP side either.
And if President Trump decides to tweet about her after the interview? Fiorina doesn’t care.
“Honestly, let anybody tweet. I don’t spend my life trying to upset people. I spend my life trying to have a positive impact by working with other people. And that means that when I’m wrong, I hope I can admit it,” she says.