Sen. Ted Cruz tapped former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate Wednesday at an Indianapolis rally where he attempted to undercut front-runner Donald Trump’s momentum the day after he swept contests in five states but the question is Can Fiorina's selection affect the overall GOP race?
“This pick is an attempt to mute Trump’s appeal to voters who want a political outsider, but it is unlikely to have much impact," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in a statement. "Republican voters already have an outsider candidate they like."
Earlier Wednesday, Trump weighed in on the possibility of a Cruz-Fiorina ticket on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends. “Well, I think it hurts him. I can’t imagine he does it. First of all, he shouldn't be naming anybody because he doesn't even have a chance."
On the Democratic side, Sen. Barbara Boxer, who defeated Fiorina in a 2010 Senate race in California, tweeted that she predicted "the latest @CarlyFiorina merger will be as successful as her last one," referring to the 2002 merger of Compaq and Hewlett-Packard while Fiorina was CEO of the tech company.
I predict that the latest @CarlyFiorina merger will be as successful as her last one. — Barbara Boxer (@BarbaraBoxer) April 27, 2016 Democratic National Committee CEO Amy Dacey blasted the pick, calling it a "desperate move from a desperate and dying campaign."
The early announcement of a running mate is not unprecedented. In 1976, Ronald Reagan named an early running mate — Pennsylvania Sen. Richard S. Schweiker — as part of his bid to defeat President Gerald Ford. That gambit did not work, as Ford prevailed over Reagan at the 1976 Republican convention.
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Source: USA TODAY