Ted Cruz formally named Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate Wednesday — a last-ditch move to regain momentum after being mathematically eliminated from winning the GOP presidential nomination outright.
Fiorina built her ill-fated presidential bid around her business experience as former president of Hewlett-Packard, a company she led from 1999 to 2005. She also ran for Senate in California in 2010 against Democrat Barbara Boxer. But during her tenure at HP, she led a divisive merger with Compaq and criticism of her leadership of the company was a key focus of Boxer’s effective campaign against Fiorina.
Trump later argued he was referring to her “persona.”
She turned the attack into an asset, calmly responding to Trump during a CNN Republican debate, that she believed “every woman” in America knew what Trump was referring to in his Rolling Stone comments.
“I have seen her day in, day out, on the campaign bus, going from stop to stop to stop that she is careful, she is measured, she is serious, she doesn’t get overly excited, she doesn’t get rattled by whatever is thrown at her,” Cruz said. “And you know, we all saw that when in one of the earliest debates, Carly confronted Donald Trump, a man who in his characteristic understatement said of her: ‘Look at that face.'”
“Look, I disagree with Hillary Clinton on every issue,” Fiorina said. “That is why she cannot be president of the United States. I am very proud to be a woman. But I would never ask people to vote for me because I’m a woman. Ted Cruz didn’t pick me because I’m a woman, Ted Cruz picked me because I’m a capable individual. Donald Trump’s comments on women are frequently things I find either irrelevant or offensive.”
Typically, candidates do not name vice presidential picks until after they are the presumptive nominee and soon before the convention. But Cruz is pinning his hopes on a contested GOP convention — and after a disastrous two weeks of Northeast contests where Cruz netted just five delegates.