Carly Fiorina has called out Ted Cruz for saying just what he needs to get elected. She has questioned his longstanding dual citizenship and criticized him on other grounds. But Cruz announced Wednesday that the former tech executive will be his running mate if he becomes the Republican nominee.
Fiorina is “an extraordinary leader” and “woman of deep principle,” Cruz said at a rally in Indianapolis, adding she would be “superbly skilled, superbly gifted at uniting this party together.”
He acknowledged making the announcement before the convention was “unusual,” but “you deserve to know exactly where a candidate stands,” he said. “You will know what you will get.”
Fiorina, while a presidential candidate herself, derided Cruz early this year on CNN for saying “whatever he needs to say to get elected” and she questioned the fact that he did not renounce his dual Canadian citizenship until 2014. (Cruz has said he was unaware he had dual citizenship until a Dallas Morning News report in 2013.) But after dropping out of the race in February and endorsing Cruz last month, Fiorina has papered over her criticisms by suggesting they were disagreements on strategy, not principle, according to CNN.
At Wednesday’s announcement, she said she was “very proud and very humbled” to be selected. “This is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our nation,” she said.
Fiorina praised Cruz and his family, even singing a few bars while on stage to his two daughters: “I know two girls that I just adore / I'm so happy that I can see them more.”
Cruz’s campaign began vetting possible seconds-in-command this month, and included Fiorina’s name on his shortlist, according to CNN. Fiorina has served as a reliable surrogate on the campaign trail since endorsing Cruz, stumping for him in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
Cruz’s announcement follows Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders suggesting they will have women on the short list of VP picks.