By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Wednesday, March 23, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) announced that he was endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
Gov. Jeb Bush said, “Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests, including yesterday’s Utah caucus.”
Jeb Bush continued, “Washington is broken, too many families are stuck in poverty and Western civilization is under attack from radical Islamic terrorists, as evidenced by the horrific attack in Brussels, which was preceded by attacks in Paris and California.”
Bush also attacked Donald Trump: “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. That is the only way we can reverse President Obama’s failed domestic and foreign policy agenda, and turn our country around.”
Bush said, “Republicans can win back the White House and put our nation on a path to security and prosperity if we support a nominee who can unite our party and articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential.”
Club for Growth also endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney endorsed Sen. Cruz in Utah. US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has also endorsed Cruz perhaps indicating that the GOP establishment is coalescing behind Cruz versus Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, New York City billionaire businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump won the Arizona Republican Primary. Senator Ted Cruz however won the Utah Republican Caucus. The next primary is Wisconsin on April 5.
It takes 1237 delegates to win the nomination at the GOP convention. According to CNN, Donald Trump currently has 741 delegates. Sen. Ted Cruz trails with just 461. Sen. Marco Rubio has suspended his campaign; but he is still in third with 166 delegates. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has just 145 delegates but insists that he is going to fight on all the way to the convention. Ben Carson and Gov. Jeb Bush have 9 and 4 delegates, though both have suspended their campaigns.