Cruz Taps Fiorina as Running Mate, Cheers Her Respect for Constitution

Carly Fiorina
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April 27, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said during remarks Wednesday that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate should he win the Republican nomination for president.

Cruz said that he arrived at the conclusion after a great deal of "time and thought" and "consideration and prayer." He said that he considered Fiorina’s knowledge, judgement, and her character when making the decision.

Cruz’s announcement was met with chants of "Carly! Carly!" from the crowd.

Fiorina also spoke at the event, saying that she was "very proud and very humbled and honored" to accept Cruz’s invitation. She described the election as a "fight for the soul of our party and the future of our nation."

News reports earlier Wednesday indicated that Cruz would announce that Fiorina agreed to be his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination for president.

Fiorina, who suspended her own campaign for the GOP nomination in February, endorsed Cruz as a "fearless fighter" and constitutional conservative last month. Reports earlier this week indicated that the Cruz campaign had been vetting Fiorina as a possible choice for a running mate.

Cruz made the announcement during a speech in Indianapolis less than a week before the primary contest in Indiana, which the Texas senator has a chance of winning.

While Cruz has won some crucial states, including the coveted Iowa caucus and the primary in his home state of Texas, the presidential hopeful has struggled in recent contests. On Tuesday, Donald Trump swept five states voting in the so-called "Acela primary," which led him to declare himself the "presumptive nominee."

Cruz took aim at Trump during his remarks Wednesday, likening him to Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on the Democratic side.

"My opponent in this race, Donald Trump--like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders--looks to government as the solution to every problem," Cruz said. "Carly knows from decades in the business world ... where jobs come from, and she respects the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."

Fiorina likewise described Trump and Clinton as "two sides of the same coin."

Trump has long been the frontrunner for the nomination, though his controversial statements and policy positions have irked some in the Republican Party.

While many have speculated that Trump may not win the 1,237 delegates necessary to capture the GOP nomination outright, his wins in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island on Tuesday decreased the likelihood of a brokered convention in July.

Still, Cruz spoke confidently that Trump would not get to 1,237 delegates by the end of primary voting during his remarks from Indianapolis.

"Where we are right now, nobody is getting to 1,237 delegates," Cruz said, "and the Hoosier State is going to have a powerful voice in making that clear."

Cruz’s announcement could provide him with some momentum going into the Indiana primary next week. It could also help him in the June winner-take-most primary in California, where Fiorina unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010.