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Ted Cruz chooses former 2016 rival Carly Fiorina as running mate

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former candidate Carly Fiorina. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Last time we checked in with her, Carly Fiorina was out on the campaign trail again, though she was stumping for Ted Cruz instead of herself as she’d spent much of 2015 doing. In fact, she even told Cruz supporters a story about how she ventured into a poll on primary day in Virginia and, seeing her own name on the ballot, somehow summoned the self-restraint to not vote for herself that day, and instead vote for Ted Cruz. On Wednesday, Ted Cruz returned the favor and tapped Fiorina, his onetime rival and the only woman in what had previously been a very crowded Republican primary field, to be his running mate on Wednesday. Cruz made the announcement in Indiana, a state that pundits say is must-win for him to have any chance to prevent Trump from amassing the 1,237 delegates required to clinch the nomination. In his remarks introducing Fiorina as his vice presidential pick, he hailed the former Hewlett-Packard CEO as an “extraordinary leader” who has “shattered glass ceilings” in business as well as politics. “She is careful, she is measured, she is serious,” Cruz continued. The pair already has campaign signage, which staffers showed off at the announcement.

In Fiorina, Cruz is gaining a partner who is an effective debater — she vaulted herself into the main Republican debates after dazzling performances in the so-called undercard debates — and someone who actually has experience slaying the Republican frontrunner. While Fiorina was in the race, she went head to head with Trump in multiple skirmishes during the early stages of the 2016 campaign, and she often came out on top. The decision to name a running mate at this point is seen as unusual given how far Cruz is from clinching his party’s nomination, but one that apparently is aimed at regaining momentum for his struggling campaign.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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