On April 27, 2016, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz announced that he would select former presidential hopeful/former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate, if he were to win the Republican Party’s nomination. This could be the most bonkers thing to happen thus far in the 2016 presidential election season, you know, besides Donald Trump still being a thing.
Since it is mathematically impossible for Senator Cruz or Governor John Kasich to receive the nomination outright, the decision to prematurely select Fiorina as a running mate borders on irrelevant; however, Cruz is attempting to block Trump from receiving the Republican Party’s nomination in a brokered convention. This tactic that hasn’t been used since 1976, when it backfired on then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan.
Despite the irregularity of this decision, the selection of Carly Fiorina as a running mate for Ted Cruz is a near perfect match made in heaven. President Reagan’s decision to select Senator Richard Schweiker in 1976 led to the campaign’s downfall, primarily because Schweiker was a moderate and the radical-right rebelled. Cruz has proven himself to be the most conservative of any candidate this election cycle, and Fiorina has matched his tone consistently in terms of abortion, tax reform, national security, and Second Amendment liberties, among other pressing issues. Although this pair would have a tough time reaching independent and moderate-Republican voters, their message and vision for the United States is clear.
This team is strong for a variety of other reasons: Fiorina could simultaneously shut down Clinton’s claim to history while making it herself as the first female Vice President. Between both Cruz and Fiorina, you’ve also got degrees from Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, the University of Maryland, and MIT; this pair succeeds in dispelling the notion that only Democrats can be hyper-intelligent. Furthermore, Fiorina has been repeatedly called the best messenger in the Republican Party, and would thrive in the conventional Vice Presidential role of attack dog, whether it’s calling Clinton out on her lackluster track record (who can forget the brilliance of, “Flying is an activity, not an accomplishment,” in response to Clinton’s frequent mention of her travel record during her tenure as Secretary of State) or promoting her own story of perseverance in the face of workplace sexism, breast cancer, and the death of her stepdaughter.
This is a team that’s focused, committed, and experienced. Cruz is a brilliant attorney, and has vigorously defended the rights guaranteed to Americans in the Constitution for decades, arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States nine times (winning five). Fiorina had a tumultuous experience as CEO of HP, but the liberal media has failed to properly report the facts of her tenure and repeatedly ignores her status as a trailblazer in serving as the first female CEO of a Fortune 20 company.
They may not be the best team for the job, and they may not win as the Justice Department and mainstream media hand Queen Clinton her crown, but you have to admit that these educated, accomplished, polished figures would do a much better job defending the Constitution and protecting American citizens than untested, unqualified, “a small loan of a million dollars,” Donald Trump.
Stay classy, E.