As reported by Western Journalism, speculation swirled Wednesday morning that Cruz will announce Fiorina as his choice for a running mate, should he become the Republican nominee. The Cruz campaign floated her name last week as someone being vetted and on their short list.
Trump responded on Fox and Friends on Wednesday to Cruz’s possible announcement of Fiorina. “She had one good debate on the smaller stage. Then she went up in the polls and every week she went down, down, down. She ended up with a small number and had to get out,” Trump said, adding, “He shouldn’t be naming anyone now. To me it looks ridiculous.”
In confirming that Fiorina was on the short list, Cruz campaign chairman Chad Sweet told CNN last week, “He is vetting a number of solid candidates, and certainly Ms. Fiorina is absolutely one of them.”
What may even be bigger news concerning the Texas senator’s chances in Indiana is a potential endorsement of Cruz by the state’s governor Mike Pence. Both candidates covet the popular Republican governor’s backing. Cruz’s impressive come-from-behind victory in Wisconsin earlier this month is credited, in part, to Gov. Scott Walker’s endorsement shortly before the contest.
Pence told reporters on Tuesday, “I’ve made no decision yet on whether or not I’ll weigh in,”adding, “It’s not been my practice to endorse in primaries.”
There are 57 delegates up from grabs in the Hoosier State next week, where Trump holds a 6 points lead (39 to 33 percent) over Cruz in the Real Clear Politics average of polls.