Posted: 5:09 pm Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In a move that was immediately derided as one born out of political desperation, Ted Cruz announced in Indiana on Wednesday that former GOP rival Carly Fiorina would be his Vice Presidential running mate, as the Cruz camp looked for new momentum against Republican front runner Donald Trump.
During her time in the GOP race, Fiorina was one Republican who consistently seemed to flummox Donald Trump, and she used the announcement to go after him immediately.
“He doesn’t represent me, and he doesn’t represent my party,” Fiorina said of Trump.
I think Cruz basically trusts Fiorina's political ability (see debates) and agrees with him ideologically. And he wants all the pre-IN news
— David Byler (@davidbylerRCP) April 27, 2016
The Cruz website was swiftly redesigned with a new logo, video and pictures of Fiorina, who has been out on the stump for Cruz all over the country in recent weeks.
Over in the Trump campaign, there was only ridicule for the Cruz move.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) April 27, 2016
The decision evoked memories mainly of 1976, when Ronald Reagan tapped Pennsylvania Gov. Richard Schweiker, as part of a late bid to upset President Gerald Ford for the GOP nomination.
That move didn’t work – we’ll see over the next week whether this can change the dynamic at all in Indiana, which votes May 3.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.