Taking a tip from Ronald Reagan’s playbook, Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Back in 1976 Reagan was behind Ford. Prior to the Republican convention he named Senator Richard Schweiker (R.Pa) as his running mate. Schweiker was a moderate Republican, although a strong pro-lifer. Reagan came close to taking the nomination away from Ford at the convention. Interestingly, Schweiker’s voting record became much more conservative thereafter. In 1981 President Reagan appointed him as Secretary of HHS.
So, will this work? Quien sabe? It will get Cruz a lot of publicity going into the crucial Indiana primary. Fiorina is an articulate and tough campaigner, and she should be getting intensive coverage for the next few weeks. Trump, in the truly classless manner that he normally displays, will probably go over the top in his attacks against Fiorina. All in all, I like the move. It is unusual, but when you are behind doing the usual is a recipe for slow defeat. Better to be bold and do the unexpected.