US POLITICS

Jeb Bush Endorses Ted Cruz For President

"We must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena"

US POLITICS
Jeb Bush is backing Cruz. — (Getty Images)
Mar 23, 2016 at 7:06 AM ET

Jeb Bush announced on Wednesday that he is endorsing Ted Cruz for president, making a clear move to try to bump Republican front-runner Donald Trump from his lead.

In a Facebook post early Wednesday morning, Bush called Cruz “a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests, including yesterday’s Utah caucus.”

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Bush described Washington as “broken,” said Western civilization is under attack and bashed Trump’s propensity to polarize voters. “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,” he posted on Facebook.

Bush also tweeted his endorsement.

Since Bush dropped out of the race on February 20, Cruz has been gunning for his endorsement. Cruz so far has been Trump’s main contender in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination. But Cruz is still behind in delegates even after winning the Utah caucuses on Tuesday night. Trump had 739 delegates by early Wednesday, while Cruz had 465, according to the Associated Press. John Kasich, a Republican running on a more moderate platform than the party’s other candidates, had 143.