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Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina as His Running Mate

It’s Cruz and Carly time. GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz named Carly Fiorina his running mate if he gets the Republican nomination, he announced at a rally in Indianapolis on Wednesday, April 27. 

“The choice of selecting a vice presidential candidate. This is a choice that you are telling the American people, this is an individual who I trust,” he said. “This is an individual who I trust to lead this country no matter what might happen.” 

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina
Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina in a discussion with political commentator Sean Hannity during a campaign rally at Faith Assembly of God Church on March 11, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

He then launched into a speech about the qualifications of a proper vice president. “After a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be the President of the United States, I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina,” he said.

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Two of Cruz’s campaign advisers confirmed the news to The New York Times, one day after Donald Trump swept five key states in the primaries on April 26. Both the Times and NBC News reported on Wednesday that the Texas senator, 45, hopes to shift the momentum in his favor, despite being mathematically discounted from winning the GOP nomination on Tuesday. He could still win in the case of a contested convention. 

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He is hoping that the delegates will favor him over Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland come July.

Fiorina, 61, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, dropped out of the running for the nomination in February. Her platform was largely built on her ability to run a successful business. However, she’s steadfastly endorsed Cruz while he continues to trail front-runner Trump in the primaries.

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The real estate mogul has already alienated numerous minority groups and women while on the campaign trail. Last year, he mocked Fiorina’s business acumen and made fun of her looks. “Look at that face,” he told Rolling Stone last summer. “Would anyone vote for that?”

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