On the heels of Ben Carson’s exit from race for GOP presidential nominee, Hawaii state Sen. Sam Slom has shifted his endorsement to Ted Cruz.
The state’s lone Republican senator had previously supported Carson, who dropped out of the race on Friday.
In throwing his support behind Cruz — whose victories on Super Tuesday established him as the Republican establishment’s apparent last, best hope to prevent Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination — Slom cited Cruz’s core conservative values.
“After eight long years of Barack Obama’s failed policies, I want someone in the White House who respects the presidency, who respects the American people, and who respects the U.S. Constitution,” Slom said in a statement released today. “Ted Cruz will excel on all those points and more. I urge my fellow Republicans in the Aloha State to join me in supporting consistent conservative Texas senator Ted Cruz to become our party’s nominee and become the forty-fifth president of the United States.”
Slom’s endorsement comes in advance of the Hawaii GOP presidential caucus on March 8 and just two days after Slom was hospitalized after taking ill during a Senate floor session.
“I would be hard-pressed to support candidates who have spent their lives propping up policies and institutions which are bad for our country,” Slom said. “Unlike many who threw their hats in the ring in 2016, Ted Cruz has shown us repeatedly that he will take the fight to both parties if necessary to defend our freedoms, our privacy, our opportunities and our hard-earned money.”