Texas Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has chosen another once-presidential hopeful, Carly Fiorina, as his pick for the vice presidency. The announcement comes just days after Donald Trump won all five Republican presidential primaries. Cruz now cannot enter the National Convention as a first-ballot winner without winning more delegates—104 percent of those remaining, in fact. Choosing a runningmate now may bolster Cruz’s campaign, which some consider the only possible alternative to a Trump presidency.
“After a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be the president of the United States that I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina,” Cruz said at a rally in Indianapolis.
Fiorina then joined him on stage under a new logo that showed both their names. “There is a lot at stake, and in fact, this is a fight, this is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our nation,” she said. “I’ve had tough fights all my life. Tough fights don’t worry me a bit.”
Earlier this month, Cruz and fellow candidate Gov. John Kasich of Ohio decided to form a kind of “alliance,” in which Kasich would not pose any competition in Indiana if Cruz withdrew from Oregon and New Mexico, in an attempt to thwart the Trump campaign’s disconcerting progress.
Cruz is not viewed well by the majority of American women in general election polls. Fiorina is also not well-received by women. And even though by his campaign’s own admission, Fiorina does not bring more than a modest boost to Cruz’s bid, selecting her as a runningmate comes at a smart time, given Trump’s recent remarks about women. The calculated move could deal a blow to Trump’s runaway campaign.
Regarding Cruz’s selection, Trump tweeted a short video of Fiorina criticizing Cruz during her own campaign. “Ted Cruz is just like any other politician: he says whatever he needs to say to get elected,” she said. Trump tweeted the video with a simple, “Agreed!”
“I have seen [Fiorina] day in, day out, on the campaign bus, going from stop to stop to stop that she is careful, she is measured, she is serious, she doesn’t get overly excited, she doesn’t get rattled by whatever is thrown at her,” Cruz said.
Regardless of what you think of the pair, American politics are having an interesting year.