Ted Cruz surprises by announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate
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Ted Cruz surprises by announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate

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In a last-ditch effort to halt Donald Trump's seemingly inexorable march to the Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz announced at a rally yesterday that he's selected Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential candidate. The New York Times called Cruz's choice to announce a running mate at this stage "a highly unusual step." 

Is announcing a female running mate a good call on Cruz's part? Or is it a desperate move from a campaign on its last legs?

Some believe naming Fiorina is an attempt to take the spotlight away from Trump before the crucial Indiana primary on May 3. Cruz and Fiorina are holding three rallies in Indiana this week and undoubtedly Cruz hopes to garner support from women and Californians for his choice. But Fiorina lost her 2010 senatorial bid in California.

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The announcement received no small amount of mockery for its stunt-like quality.
Political observers noted that the choice could help Cruz in California.
The New York Times stated flatly that the gambit wouldn't work.
Some Republicans were thrilled by the announcement.
Even hard-core conservatives thought the announcement was calculated and not inspiring.
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