After losing all five states that had primaries yesterday to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz announced Wednesday afternoon that he has chosen Carly Fiorina to be the Vice Presidential candidate if Cruz wins the Republican nomination.
“Carly respects the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and she understands the threats facing America; she understands this is a dangerous world,” Cruz said in an announcement speech. “She is someone you can be confident in.”
While it may not seem like Cruz could gain much from pairing up with Fiorina, the value of having her as his running mate could be in provoking sexism from Trump, according to The New York Times. The Republican front runner, who currently has 953 delegates while Cruz only has 546, has already insulted Fiorina several times in the past, making references to her looks in particular. Those kinds of comments could seriously hurt him when it comes to winning over Republican women voters.
This is the second alliance Cruz has made with other presidential hopefuls in the last few days—He recently made an agreement with John Kasich to split up the remaining primary states, in an attempt to stop Trump from getting enough delegates to win the nomination outright.
But even if this is an uphill battle, Fiorina seems to be looking forward to it.
“Ted could not be more right in what he said: There is a lot at stake, and in fact, this is a fight, this is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our nation,” Fiorina said, according to CNN. “I’ve had tough fights all my life. Tough fights don’t worry me a bit.”