Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz for president

Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, makes a point as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas listens on during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas. Ted Cruz once proudly wore a belt buckle reading “President of the United States” borrowed from George H.W. Bush. He campaigned and worked for, and helped write a book lavishing praise on, that former president’s son, Dubya. And the endorsement of George P. Bush, the family’s latest rising political star, lent credibility to Cruz’s then little-known 2012 Senate campaign. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

TEXAS (KXAN) — Jeb Bush has announced his endorsement for Ted Cruz in the race for the White House

Bush, Florida’s former governor, said “Today, I am endorsing Ted Cruz for President. Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests. Washington is broken, and the only was Republicans can hope to win back the White House and put our nation on a better path is to support a nominee who can articulate how conservative policies will help the people rise up and reach their full potential.”

Bush went on to say that the country as a whole needs to “overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena.” Additionally he said the U.S. needs a president that will “reverse” Obama’s “failed policies.”

For Republicans to win the race, Bush said they need a candidate that will offer solutions for the challenges facing Americans. He believes Cruz “will do just that.”

Cruz responded to the endorsement saying he is honored to earn the governor’s support. He said Bush was an “extraordinary” leader of Florida creating jobs and leaving a “lasting legacy for millions of Floridians.”

The endorsement of Bush for Cruz “is further evidence that Republicans are continuing to unite behind our campaign to nominate a proven conservative to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.” Cruz said he wants Republicans to “take back the White House,” ensuring the freedom of future generations.

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