Seeking to bounce back after two weeks of losing at the primary polls, Ted Cruz took a step usually reserved by candidates until after they become a presidential nominee: he revealed a running mate.
The Texas senator on Wednesday announced the selection of former Hewlett Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential candidate if he emerges from the July convention headed for the White House. With fewer delegates up for grabs than he needs to clinch the nomination, victory at the ballot box is mathematically impossible for Cruz.
Ford O’Connell, managing director of Washington communications firm Civic Forum Strategies and former campaign official for Republican John McCain, called the move a Hail Mary.
He said presidential hopefuls have three big events: the day they announce; when they clinch the nomination; and the day they announce their vice presidential pick. The announcement by Cruz came nearly three months before the convention in Cleveland.
“It’s a good move given that he’s sinking faster than the Titanic,” O’Connell said. “This shows you the dire straits he’s in. He’s in such trouble he’s willing to give this up now just to stay in the narrative.”