Exactly two months to U.S presidential election, a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans dumped President Donald Trump and pledged support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
They said the United States needs a change of leadership.
The group Republicans & Independents for Biden, comprised of former GOP lawmakers, politicians and other leaders, said their “sole mission” is to elect the former vice president following severe leadership failures on President Donald Trump’s watch.
“More than 180,000 Americans are dead from a pandemic that, with consistent leadership, could have been contained,” former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, national chairwoman of the group’s steering committee, said in a statement.
“Instead, it has been left to spin out of control by a president who ignored it, refused to lead, and endangered American lives.”
In a moment of “great national crisis,” she added, “we need to elect a leader matched to the moment, someone who can restore competence to the Oval Office and unify the country. Joe Biden is that leader.”
The coalition includes former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, as well as former Sens. Dave Durenberger of Minnesota and Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire and 17 former Republican members of the House.
Bill Weld briefly and unsuccessfully challenged Trump in the 2020 Republican nominating contest.
“Joe Biden is a man of deep faith and commitment to family, decency and integrity, which will serve us all well when he is in the White House,” said Snyder.
“We must elect Joe Biden in November so that we can begin the arduous but essential process of healing America and putting society back on a positive path where civility and working together help us achieve great things as a nation once again.