Mia Love endorses Cruz before Utah caucus
© Getty Images

The only black, female Republican in Congress endorsed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocratic strategist warns Beto should be ‘careful’ with social media presence Hillary advisers battle over whether she’ll run in 2020 O'Rourke writes blog post describing a literal run from near the capitol to near the White House 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."

ADVERTISEMENT

Without mentioning Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny 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 RubioHillary advisers battle over whether she’ll run in 2020 Rubio defends '3 point kick' analogy: 'You think everyone who follows politics knows what a field goal is?' Lawmakers to introduce bipartisan bill targeting China's treatment of Muslims 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.