Cruz chooses Fiorina as vice presidential running mate

By Dave Andrusko

Sen. Ted Cruz and his choice for VP, businesswoman Carly Fiorina

Sen. Ted Cruz and his choice for VP, businesswoman Carly Fiorina

Following primary losses in five states Tuesday and ahead of next Tuesday’s pivotal race in Indiana, pro-life Texas Senator Ted Cruz today announced that he has selected pro-life former business executive Carly Fiorina to be his vice president.

During the GOP presidential debates, Fiorina drew much applause from pro-lifers for her staunch support of unborn children and unstinting criticism of pro-abortion Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

When news surfaced that Mrs. Fiorina would be Mr. Cruz’s choice, Republican front-runner Donald Trump told Good Morning America that she “did not resonate at all with people” and had only had “one good debate.”

Neither was true, but the dismissive comments were not surprising. As the New York Times put it, Trump had previously “mocked her business record, her voice and even her looks.”

Fiorina was fearless in her denunciation of abortion.

In one of the debate hosted by Fox News, moderator Bret Baier asked Fiorina if she had any regrets about speaking out so forcefully about what the undercover videos taken by the Center for Medical Progress revealed.

She responded

…But, look, the facts of Planned Parenthood have not changed, folks, and I will not be rendered silent on this issue or any other issue. …

The reality is, most Americans find this practice horrific. Most Americans find horrific that Hillary Clinton’s position on this is it’s not a life until it’s born. Most Americans find horrific Hillary Clinton’s position or the Democrat party’s position, that a young woman does not need her mother’s permission to get an abortion.

But if you are 13 years old, you can get an abortion, but you can’t go to a tanning salon without your mother’s permission. A president Fiorina — in a president Fiorina budget, there will not be one dime for Planned Parenthood, although there would be a lot of money for women’s health and we will finally pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

I will always stand for life and religious liberty…

At a time when female pro-abortion Democrats are insisting that all women show solidarity with Clinton, the penultimate statement in Fiorina’s presidential withdrawal speech was pitch-perfect:

To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.

Following Tuesday’s primaries in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island, Trump had increased the total of his delegates to 954, according to RealClearPolitics.com, to 562 delegates for Sen. Cruz.

But as CBS News reported, the delegate math is much more complicated that these totals would suggest.

Referring to “1,237: the number of delegates required for a candidate to win the Republican presidential nomination outright,” Emily Schultheis wrote

The truth is, it’s extraordinarily complicated for a handful of reasons to know who has how many delegates because each state allocates differently — and in many states, the way delegates are allocated and selected isn’t entirely based on the outcome of the state’s primary or caucus.

Further complicating matters is the issue of what happens to delegates won by candidates who have dropped out of the race, like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. That’s also different based on each state’s rules, and means that at the start of the convention a not-insignificant portion of the available 2,472 delegates will be out of commission for the three remaining candidates.

Next Tuesday there are 57 delegates at stake in Indiana’s winner take all primary.

As reported earlier this week, over the weekend Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich agreed that Kasich would not compete in Indiana and Sen. Cruz would not compete in New Mexico or Oregon.