The following is an excerpt from REBECCA SHABAD | April 27, 2016 | CBSNews.com |
Ted Cruz announced Wednesday afternoon that he has chosen Carly Fiorina to be his running mate in the 2016 presidential campaign.
"After a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated for president of the United States that I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina," Cruz announced at a rally in Indianapolis.
In the morning, Cruz teased the news, saying he had a "major announcement" to make later in the day. This comes just two days after a source close to Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, confirmed to CBS that Cruz was vetting her as a vice presidential candidate. This also comes ahead of Indiana's primary on Tuesday.
Donald Trump called Cruz's decision "a pure waste of time" in a statement before the announcement.
"It reminds me very much of the already failed Kasich "collusion" - a desperate attempt to save a failing campaign by an all talk, no action politician. The people of Indiana are very smart - they will see through this just like they saw through the already failed Kasich alliance," Trump said. "Cruz has no path to victory - he is only trying to stay relevant."
Speaking to reporters Monday afternoon, Cruz wouldn't openly acknowledge Fiorina was being vetted.
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