“I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who ran an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2016, said in a new episode of The Atlantic podcast “The Ticket” released Thursday.
But Fiorina appeared to stop short of fully endorsing Trump’s likely opponent, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
She said she hopes that “Biden understands that this moment in history calls for him to be a leader, not a politician.”
When pressed on whether she would vote for Biden, Fiorina responded: “Well, it’s not ’til November is it? I’m not voting for Trump. It’s a binary choice. So if faced with a binary choice on a ballot, yes.”
Later in the interview, Fiorina described Biden as “a person of humility and empathy and character.”
Last year, Fiorina described Trump’s behavior as “destructive to our republic” and said his impeachment — for threatening the Ukrainian president — was “vital.”
At the time, though, she was still cagey on whether she would vote for him again.
“Honestly, it depends who the Democrats put up, and I won’t go any further than that,” she told CNN’s Poppy Harlow in December. “For me, character matters. Character is destiny for a party, for a nation, for a president. Conduct matters.”
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