Mia Love endorses Cruz before Utah caucus

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The only black, female Republican in Congress endorsed Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzCruz: Clinton 'tired' and 'formulaic' during debate The Trail 2016: Fight night Google backs Obama's internet transition plan 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 TrumpDonald Trump, the Russian candidate Obama slams Trump's 'temperament' during debate Giuliani: Clinton 'too stupid to be president' because she stayed with Bill 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 RubioRubio praises Marlins pitcher José Fernández on Senate floor Glenn Beck: I was wrong about Ted Cruz Senate rivals gear up for debates 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.