Mia Love endorses Cruz before Utah caucus
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The only black, female Republican in Congress endorsed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTexas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' Moore endorsements disappear from campaign website MORE (R-Texas) for president on Tuesday, the day of her state’s GOP caucuses.

“America faces difficult challenges and pressing problems at home and abroad,” Rep. Mia Love (Utah) said in a statement. "There has never been a greater need for courage and courageous leaders."

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Without mentioning Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE by name, Love sought to draw a distinction between what she sees as a campaign based on "angst and anger" and one of substance.

“Because I believe we need a president with less bravado and more real courage to act on conservative principles, I will be casting my vote Tuesday for Ted Cruz," she continued. "He has proven himself to be a principled, courageous leader with a positive agenda for our future.”

Love said Cruz reflected the values she wants to see in White House.

“I want a president who is interested in reducing the power of the presidency and federal government — not expanding it,” she said.

"I want a president I know I can count on to sign into law the kinds of bills I have introduced related to higher education, eliminating massive bills filled with pork and perks for the well-connected, serving our veterans and creating jobs for hardworking Americans.”

Cruz leads his GOP presidential primary rivals by 21 points in the Beehive State, according to a Deseret News/KSL poll released Monday. Margin of victory will be very important in Utah: If one Republican nets more than 50 percent of the vote, he will automatically get all 40 delegates.

Love previously backed Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress faces growing health care crisis in Puerto Rico The Hill's 12:30 Report Colbert mocks Trump for sipping water during speech on Asia trip MORE (R-Fla.) last year, arguing he is “very strong” on national security and foreign policy necessary for keeping America safe.

Rubio suspended his Oval Office bid last week after a disappointing second-place finish in his home state’s GOP presidential primary.