Ted Cruz announced Wednesday, April 27 that former presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is going to be his Vice President if he’s the nominee of the Republican party.
“After a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am to be the Republican nominee that I will run on a ticket with my vice-presidential nominee, Carly Fiorina,” Cruz announced to an uproarious crowd who began chanting “Carly.”
The Republican nominee for president laid out a thorough endorsement, pointing to her experience in the job sector and as a sterling example of someone who started as a secretary of a company and rose to the top as a CEO.
At one point, Cruz confessed that on the campaign both his daughters, Caroline and Catherine—5 and 8—both text messaged Fiorina on a daily basis and that his running mate would be the “first vice president in history to have a very impressive fluency with heart and smiley face emoticons.”
In her speech, Fiorina proved her closeness with Cruz’s daughters by singing to them on stage for an extended period of time.
— Julien Coupartichaut (@33A2D17) April 27, 2016
Fiorina Accepts the Role of Running Mate
Carly Fiorina accepted Cruz’s choice, characterizing the nomination as a “fight for all of us” and then took shots at the the Democratic and Republican frontrunners.
“Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would be disastrous for this nation,” she said and then criticized them as being “liberal” candidates.
Cruz introduced her at a rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Cruz is campaigning ahead of the May 3 primary in an attempt to curb Donald Trump’s march to getting the majority of Republican delegates.
Fiorina, who dropped out of the presidential race in February after placing 7th in Iowa and New Hampshire and then endorsed Cruz in March, has been one of his most outspoken supporters, stumping for him on the campaign trail.
Both Cruz and the former Hewlett-Packard CEO share the claim to be “Washington outsiders” with her 2010 Senate bid in California as her only political experience.
Cruz Claims Nobody is Going to Reach a Majority
The announcement comes a day following Cruz’s difficult April 26 primary where he lost all 5 states—Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware—to Trump who won by large margins.
Cruz has no mathematical chance of getting the nomination on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer, but hopes to stave off Trump’s advancement toward the coveted 1,237.
He addressed it in his introduction for Fiorina.
“I’m not getting to 1,237 delegates, and Donald J. Trump is not getting to 1,237 delegates,” Cruz said. “And the Hoosier state is going to have a powerful voice in making that clear.”
His campaign is looking to reenergize his candidacy, and this announcement is hoping to take a lot of the wind out of the sails of Trump, who only hours before made a highly publicized speech on foreign policy.
Donald Trump Responds
Donald Trump responded to the announcement by posting a four-second video showing Carly Fiorina in an interviewing saying, “Ted Cruz is just like any other politician, he says whatever he needs to say to get elected.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2016
Trump has not named a Vice Presidential candidate, but has floated the names John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker as high on his list of possibilities.
Earlier in the campaign, Trump took vicious swipes at Carly Fiorina, targeting both her career at Hewlett-Packard:
“She did a terrible job at Hewlett-Packard. She did a terrible job at Lucent. I mean, those companies are just a disaster and she destroyed Hewlett-Packard,” Trump said on ABC. “I mean, she’s been terrible.”
Carly Fiorina did such a horrible job at Lucent and HP, virtually destroying both companies, that she never got another CEO job offer! Pres.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2015
He also made headlines in September when he attacked her looks:
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
Later, the Republican frontrunner attributed that to his “persona.”