Wednesday April 27, 2016 –
Ted Cruz, looking for a shake-up in the 2016 race as Donald Trump moves steadily closer to the Republican nomination, on Wednesday announced former GOP primary rival Carly Fiorina as his choice for running mate should he win the party nod.
The move was immediately dismissed as an act of “desperation” by the Trump team, but Cruz – while acknowledging it is “unusual” to announce a running mate so early – defended the decision. He claimed “nobody is getting to 1,237 delegates,” the number needed to clinch the nomination, and voters should “know what [they] will get.”
“After a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be president of the United States that I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee, Carly Fiorina,” Cruz said.
Original story –
Ted Cruz, in an apparent act of desperation, plans to announce Wednesday that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate if he is the Republican nominee for president, according to two people familiar with the decision.
Announcing a running mate is an unusual step that comes as he trails GOP front-runner Donald Trump by a wide margin and faces an increasingly narrow path to the Republican nomination.
The decision comes as Cruz is hoping to gain steam in what amounts to a must-win for him in the Indiana primary May 3. The announcement will come the day after Trump drubbed Cruz in five Eastern states and stretched his overall lead in delegates to the Republican convention to nearly 400.
Fiorina, a former GOP presidential candidate who endorsed Cruz in March, has been one of his most active surrogates. The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive has been an outspoken critic of both Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
The news was first reported by Politico. The people describing Cruz’s decision spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Trump quickly responded to the news.
“After massive defeats in Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland, (in addition to twenty other contests) and given the fact that Senator Cruz has millions of votes less than me and is being clobbered on the delegate front, this is a pure waste of time,” Trump said in a statement. “It reminds me very much of the already failed Kasich “collusion” – a desperate attempt to save a failing campaign by an all talk, no action politician. The people of Indiana are very smart – they will see through this just like they saw through the already failed Kasich alliance. Cruz has no path to victory – he is only trying to stay relevant.”
Cruz has won endorsements from five of the defeated 2016 candidates, including his former governor, Rick Perry.
Just weeks after endorsing Cruz, Fiorina joined the candidate’s wife Heidi on a busy retail tour of Wisconsin, drawing glowing press coverage. Days later she traveled to Fargo, N.D., to him win the state’s GOP convention, a job that required days of hands-on campaigning.
It was a preview of the sort of work she might be expected to do as a running mate. Fiorina spent hours working the cash bar hospitality suites where the activists who would elect delegates were being courted. Hundreds of them walked away with selfies; all of them heard her endorse Cruz again from the convention stage. That helped Cruz to a better-than-expected haul of 18 supporters on the state delegate slate.
Trump and Cruz are currently focused on Indiana, where the mogul is seeking a knockout blow and Cruz is making a last-gasp effort to survive.
Trump is returning to the Hoosier State for an evening rally after delivering a foreign policy address in Washington Wednesday morning that his team hoped would make him appear more presidential. He will be joined in Indiana by longtime Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight, who is a fan favorite here.