When news broke that ex-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina endorsed current Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, the rumors began to fly. Surely Fiorina’s choice to push Cruz could mean more than just an endorsement, right?
Certainly, Fiorina’s reappearance on the public stage was a welcome sight to many. In fact, the failed candidate was often hailed as a good VP pick before rumors of her exit even started. Even the people who didn’t want her as president weren’t wholly against the idea of her as VP.
And why not? During her campaign, Fiorina made a name for herself as more than just a woman candidate, she became something of an antithesis to Hillary. Right out of the gate, Fiorina began her assault on Clinton’s record, even going on Hardball with Chris Matthews to defend her comments about Hillary during a debate.
She even made a name for herself as the anti-Planned Parenthood candidate, which oftentimes earned her scorn from the Left, from Clinton, down to the protestors throwing condoms at her as she walked by.
In fact, her anti-Planned Parenthood stances awarded her this tweet from Think Progress, which to them might seem like a hit, but to those on the Right only makes them like her more.
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) March 9, 2016
Fiorina also seemed ready for battle in almost every debate, pushing hard rhetoric about foreign policy, such as her promises when it comes to dealing with Putin and Russia.
All this to say that Fiorina’s credentials as a conservative are rock solid. Let’s also add to the fact that she is a woman, and we can try to pretend all day that this fact doesn’t matter, but it will go a long way in making Cruz a more attractive candidate. To many, Cruz comes off as a used car salesman turned preacher. If they don’t find him dishonest, they find his pandering to his religious Tea Party base off-putting. Having a businesswoman with him on stage may help improve his image with independent voters who want that feeling of stability.
Fiorina does, however, have to battle with her ever present dragon of her time at HP, which many have deemed a monumental failure, and some have deemed a considerable success given the situation Fiorina found herself during the economic downturn. Experts will argue back and forth on this for ages, but the takeaway is that no matter which side you fall on, Fiorina has business experience as a CEO of a major corporation. This is a highly attractive prospect to Republicans, who take kindly to business leaders as world leaders.
The only thing Fiorina would have to contend with, in terms of favorability for a Cruz VP pick, would be the idea that Rubio, should he drop out, would be a great pick himself. Indeed, it’s an attractive prospect that may go far to bring the two camps together, which would give much needed support against the current frontrunner.
This sounds appealing but Rubio may have his sights set elsewhere should his run for POTUS fail. Rubio is currently staying in until after the Florida primaries, and there might be two reasons for this. One, to possibly rob Trump of Florida delegates, as Florida is a winner-take-all state. Secondly, he’s doing it to gauge his popularity should he run for governor. With Rick Scott’s term limit fast approaching, Rubio may have aspirations for the office, seeing as how his campaign for president isn’t likely to succeed.
Time will tell, but all things considered, Fiorina is well positioned to be a VP pick more so than we might think.
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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brandon Morse has been writing about politics and culture across many websites for the last six years, with a heavy emphasis on anti-authoritarianism. Aside from writing articles, he is also known for voice acting and authoring scripts. He is an avid gamer, dog person, and has a bad habit of making vague references to things no one has heard about or seen. Follow him at @TheBrandonMorse on Twitter.
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