(RepublicanDaily.org) – There is now one less presidential aspirant in the GOP, following the decision of Former Texas Representative Will Hurd to drop out of the race and endorse former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Hurd, who was also a former CIA officer, is considered more moderate and centrist compared to many of his Republican counterparts. He is also a vocal critic of former president Donald Trump, whom he says is saddled with “legal baggage” and is a “proven loser”.
“The time has come to suspend our campaign,” read part of a statement released by Hurd. He also said that his decision to withdraw his presidential bid came out of a recognition of the “realities of the political landscape”, as well a desire to unify the party in a movement that could defeat both Trump and the Democratic president, Joe Biden.
Since his announcement of his candidacy in June, Hurd has struggled to gain momentum and recognition among the electorate, which was manifested in his consistently poor showing in polls. He was unable to participate in both the first and second Republican primary debates due to his failure to meet the required polling threshold.
Speaking of his endorsement of Haley, who was also appointed by Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. during his tenure in the White house, Hurd said that Haley is the best candidate that presents a “different vision for the country than Donald Trump,” along with an astute approach to and unmatched grasp of foreign policy. He added that he believes Haley has what it takes to navigate through the complex national security issues the country is facing.
Haley has thanked Hurd for his “support and confidence” following the announcement of his withdrawal from the race and his endorsement of her candidacy. “It’s time to come together and make Joe Biden a one-term president,” she said, adding, “We have a country to save!”
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