Carly Fiorina endorses Ted Cruz, says she voted for him in Va. primary

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addresses the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is throwing her support behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who won the Idaho GOP primary Tuesday night.

At a Miami rally Wednesday morning, Fiorina said, "I ran for the presidency because I think it's time to take our country back, because I think we need real reform, because we have too much economic and too much political power concentrated in the hands of too few people. And I ran because we need a real constitutional conservative serving in the White House."

Fiorina and her husband Frank currently reside in Virginia, where she says they met and married more than 30 years ago. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO told the crowd of Cruz supporters she voted for him in the Old Dominion's primary last week on Super Tuesday.

"Last Tuesday we had a primary. And I walked into the ballot box and I looked at the ballot and I saw my own name on the ballot, it was kind of a thrill," she said. "But then I checked the box for Ted Cruz and I'm here to tell you why."

She continued, "You know, Ted Cruz has always been a constitutional conservative. He is a fearless fighter and reformer, and he didn't much care whether he got invited to the cocktail parties in D.C. We know Ted Cruz is a fearless constitutional conservative, because he has fought for our liberties over and over again."

Fiorina urged Florida voters to choose Cruz in Tuesday's primary: "My fellow conservatives, my fellow Republicans, you have a very important job on Tuesday. And I say to you, it is time. It is time to take our party back. It is time to take our government back. It is time to take our country back. And so, it is time now to unite behind the one man who can beat Donald Trump, who can beat Hillary Clinton, who can beat the D.C. cartel. It is time to unite behind Ted Cruz."

After embracing and receiving several pats on the back from Fiorina, Cruz said, "Wow. Isn't Carly extraordinary?"

"We just heard a whole bunch of Democratic activists and Hillary supporters going, 'Holy cow, what was that?'" Cruz said. "I have to tell you, I am so humbled, I'm so privileged to be standing here with Carly, and our message today is one of unity. It is a message that brings Republicans together, it's a message that brings Independents together, it's a message that brings Reagan Democrats together. We know our country is off track, but we also understand the principles, the values that we have to get back to to bring our country back to track."

In a statement on his website, Cruz said:

"Carly Fiorina is a strong, principled leader and woman of faith. Our campaign is stronger with her leadership and her voice. Her story embodies the promise that in America anyone can start as a secretary and become a Fortune 50 CEO. Carly speaks the truth with courage, doesn't back down to the Washington powerbrokers, and terrifies Hillary and the Democrats. We are blessed to have her support, and together I am confident we will continue to unite conservatives so that every American has the opportunity to achieve the unimaginable."

Fiorina suspended her campaign on Feb. 10, the morning after she came in seventh place in the New Hampshire primary with 4.1 percent of the vote. She also finished seventh in the Iowa caucus on Feb. 1, winning 1.9 percent of the vote and a single delegate.

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