Ted Cruz made history on Wednesday, naming former presidential candidate and successful businesswoman Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate, weeks before the Republican Party convention in July.
Cruz effectively took away the media narrative from Trump, who won five liberal East Coast states on Tuesday — states that he was widely predicted to win — and also overshadowed Trump’s attempt at a scripted foreign policy speech.
In two powerful back-to-back speeches in the pivotal State of Indiana, Cruz and Fiorina made the case why they are the best candidates to defeat both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
“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, I will run on a ticket with my vice-presidential nominee Carly Fiorina,” Cruz declared in front of a energized crowd in Indiana.
About New York liberals Donald Trump, running as a Republican, and Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, Fiorina blasted Trump’s supposed outsider, anti-establishment persona, noting that Hillary got rich getting bought off by cronies and Donald Trump made his billions by buying off corrupt politicians.
“They’re not going to challenge the system. They are the system,” Fiorina proclaimed.
Cruz explained his criteria for picking a running mate, taking a thinly veiled shot at unhinged and unstable bloviating billionaire Donald Trump.
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“Do they think through decisions in a rash and impulsive way?” Cruz asked. “Do they pop off the handle at whatever strikes them at any given moment?”
Should the power couple make it to the White House, Carly Fiorina would be the first female vice president in the history of the United States and Ted Cruz would be the first president of Hispanic descent.
In 1984, the late Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman in history to be named on the ticket of a major political party, running with Democrat Walter Mondale against Ronald Reagan.
Carly Fiorina is a former senatorial candidate from California, having run against Democrat Barbara Boxer in 2010, and should be an asset for the upcoming California primary on June 7.
Fiorina endorsed Ted Cruz shortly after dropping out of the race and has campaigned with him at various events the past several weeks.
Donald Trump infamously launched a sexist and hateful personal attack against Carly Fiorina while she was still a presidential candidate, telling Rolling Stone last year, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?”
Both Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina powerfully made the case that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were “flip sides of the same coin.” Cruz said that Americans deserved a “real choice,” beyond the choice of “two big government liberals” and “two Washington insiders enmeshed in the corruption of Washington.”
“Elections are about choices, the Republican Party faces a choice today. Indiana and America, I believe, want to unite behind a positive, optimistic, forward-looking, conservative campaign based on real policy solutions to the problems facing this country.
And the American people deserve a real choice in November. A choice and not an echo. A meaningful distinction. If we come to November and the American people are given a choice between two big government liberals, two Washington insiders enmeshed in the corruption of Washington, then we as a Republican Party will have failed the American people.”