Flailing presidential hopeful and canned-soup aficionado Ted Cruz announced Wednesday afternoon that he will make Carly Fiorina his No. 2 if he wins the Republican nomination—although that's a pretty big "if."
The news comes after the Texas senator lost big to Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, in Tuesday's primaries, and failed to even take second place in all but one of the five northeastern states that cast ballots. Trump, meanwhile, took more than 50 percent in each primary, basically decimating Cruz's chance of reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination outright.
The Cruz campaign apparently hopes that buddying up with Fiorina will help net enough delegates to prevent Trump from hitting that 1,237-delegate mark, sending the new duo into a contested Republican National Convention.
"In addition to being a woman of extraordinary intelligence, [Fiorina] is also a woman of deep principle," Cruz said during his announcement in Indiana Wednesday, calling Trump a bully who feeds off fear and doesn't know what to do "when a strong powerful woman stands up and says, 'I am not afraid.'"
Taking the stage at a podium that now showed both of the candidates' names, Fiorina added, "This is a fight—this is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our nation.
"I've had tough fights all my life," Fiorina said. "Tough fights don't worry me a bit." According to reporters at the rally, she also briefly burst into song.
Cruz's opponents pretty quickly dismissed the move, pointing out that Fiorina's own presidential campaign was short lived for a reason. "This is a desperate move from a desperate and dying campaign," the DNC's Amy Dacey wrote in a press release after the news broke. "And it's fitting that a man best known for shutting down the US government would select a woman best known for almost shutting down a great US company."
Trump was more succinct:
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