Washington, March 23: Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who pulled out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination five weeks ago, on Wednesday endorsed Texas Sanator Ted Cruz to stop Donald Trump from winning the race he is dominating at the moment. [Jeb Bush pulls out of race]
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The endorsement of Bush, son and brother of two former US presidents, came 32 days after his withdrawal from the race and eight days after Florida Senator Marco Rubio ended his run after losing his own state to Trump. [Marco Rubio ends presidential campaign]
Bush, who rebuffed Rubio, to who he was a mentor once, backed Cruz as "a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests" in a statement.
He said it is necessary to overcome the "divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena" or else the Republicans will not be able to defeat the Democratic Party and reverse President Obama's "failed policies".
It was said that Rubio would feel being let down by his one-time mentor since his endorsement of the former would have helped her. But sources in the Republican Party said Bush did not consider Marco to be "up to the job of being president".
Among other former presidential runners, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have embraced Trump.