In a transparent attempt to woo Indiana voters Ted Cruz announced at a rally in Indianapolis that he would name Carly Fiorina as his running mate should he win the Republican nomination. His gambit earlier in the week to get John Kasich to stop campaigning in Indiana and urge his supporters to vote for Cruz flopped after Kasich contradicted Cruz and said he expects his supporters to vote for him in the Indiana primary. This latest attempt to seize the initiative by naming Fiorina as his running mate is both desperate and obvious.
Bear in mind that after losing all 5 elections on Tuesday it is mathematically impossible for Cruz to win a majority of delegates before the convention. But his goal isn’t to win at the ballot box – it’s to prevent Trump from winning a majority so that he can gain the nomination on the second ballot.
$500,000 Donation To Fiorina
Still unanswered is why the Cruz campaign donated $500,000 to Fiorina last summer when the 2 were supposedly rivals. That’s a question that will now dog the duo for the next few months. So why name a running mate when you are a distant second and have no chance of catching up with the front runner before the convention? Because Cruz isn’t running to persuade voters, he’s running to persuade party insiders so that they hand him the crown in Cleveland.
The logic probably goes something like this: We need a woman to counter Hillary…Carly’s a woman. Check! Trump is a businessman, so let’s get someone with business experience…Carly ran Hewlett-Packard. Not well, but she ran it. Check. He just lost 5 primaries by 30-40 points so he needs to change the discussion. Name a running mate months before the convention even though he’s been mathematically eliminated from the race. Checkmate! At least that’s how the thinking goes over at Cruz HQ. And it’s obvious. Voters aren’t stupid and a Hail Mary like this reeks of desperation.
For a guy whose candidacy rests on the premise that he is super intelligent and a “true conservative” picking a moderate Republican when your campaign is under duress sure seems dumb. When this doesn’t work what’s next for Cruz? Just move into the White House?