Ted Cruz has named Carly Fiorina as his pick for vice president should he become the Republican nominee.
Cruz’s announcement, which he gave from key upcoming primary state Indiana, comes just after his rival Donald Trump secured landslide victories in five state primaries Tuesday night.
Fiorina, formerly the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, suspended her own bid for the GOP nomination in February and has since been campaigning alongside Cruz after she endorsed him last month.
The characteristics you look for in a vice president are the same ones you look for in a president, Cruz said.
“There’s an old adage in management that As hire As, and Bs hire Cs,” he said. “If you see a leader who deliberately surrounds himself with people who are not capable, nor informed, skilled. . .That tells you that person is not a leader but a person who is not at all secure in who they are.”
Cruz’s remarks seemed to jab at Trump for a comment he made in 2007 about only hiring individuals who are not as smart as he is.
Trump is leading the delegate count by a significant margin and Cruz’s only chance at becoming the GOP nominee is by keeping enough votes away from Trump to secure a brokered convention, where Trump fails to win a majority vote on the first ballot, after which delegates are free to change their votes until a candidate earns a majority.
Cruz said his decision to announce his vice presidential pick was so voters in upcoming primary states — including Indiana, California, Washington, and South Dakota — would know exactly what they were getting by voting for the Texas senator.
In her acceptance speech, Fiorina explained that she’s not afraid of a fight, especially with two candidates — Hillary Clinton and Trump — she described as political insiders.
“They’re not gonna challenge the system,” she said. “They are the system.”
Fiorina said she’s looking forward to spending more time with Cruz’s daughters, Caroline and Catherine, before breaking into a song she often sings with them.
“We travel on the bus all day,” she sang. “We get to play, we get to play.”
“[Cruz] is a heck of a lot of fun,” Fiorina said. “But more importantly, he is who he says he is.”