Cruz in 2016 named Fiorina as his vice presidential pick if he won the GOP nomination. On Thursday, Fiorina expressed her now disappointment in her former ally to CNN’s Brianna Keilar.
“You were his running mate in 2016. And he has gone full Trump mode,” noted Keilar, referencing how Cruz has been pushing Donald Trump’s election lies and last week visited the twice-impeached ex-president at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
“You guys campaigned on conservative principles. Has he sold out?” Keilar asked Fiorina.
“I have to say I’m very disappointed in Ted. I’ve been very disappointed in Ted for some time now,” she responded. “I tried to help Ted’s candidacy because I thought it would be tragic and terrible if Donald Trump were the Republican party’s nominee. Turns out I was right about Donald Trump. And sadly, it appears, I was wrong about Ted Cruz.”
Keilar asked what happened to the Texas Republican.
It was the “age-old siren song” of “access to power and money and influence,” replied Fiorina. “The trouble is a lot of politicians care mostly about winning and they’re willing to abandon their principles in order to win.”
Fiorina ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 before suspending her campaign, endorsing Cruz and then teaming up with him.
She voted for Trump in 2016, but said she wouldn’t in 2020.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.