Ted Cruz announced Wednesday that he has chosen former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to be his running mate should he manage to secure the GOP presidential nomination at the Republican convention this summer.
“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, I will run on a ticket with my vice-presidential nominee, Carly Fiorina,” Cruz announced to a cheering crowd in Indianapolis. “Carly respects the Constitution and the Bill of Rights … She is someone you can be confident in, if the occasion should arise, to be Commander in Chief and keep this country safe.”
Bounding onstage after a lengthy introduction, Fiorina said she was honored and humbled by her selection. She outlined her own personal history and demonstrated the friendship she has formed with Cruz’s family by singing a song to his daughters from the stage. “The character of Ted Cruz has been revealed over time and under pressure,” she said. “He is a fighter.”
The Texas Senator had promised a “major announcement” at an afternoon rally in Indiana, where he is campaigning ahead of the May 3 primary. The Indiana contest, which awards 57 delegates on a winner-take-all basis, is now the linchpin of Cruz’s strategy to stop front-runner Donald Trump from amassing the delegate majority required to clinch the nomination and head off a contested convention.
The move comes at a crucial moment for Cruz, who is hoping to regain momentum after a drubbing Tuesday night in five northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Announcing Fiorina’s selection now is a way for Cruz — who can no longer win the nomination on the convention’s first ballot — to shake up the campaign narrative on the day after Trump declared himself the presumptive Republican nominee.
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