UPDATE: Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his running mate

UPDATE – 4/27, 4:31 p.m. EST: As reported earlier, Ted Cruz has officially named Carly Fiorina as his running mate on the Republican ticket should he win the nomination.

“After a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be president of the United States that I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina,” Cruz said.

Cruz went on to say that Fiorina was brilliant, capable and deeply principled.

“Born in Texas, the very first thing I liked about her,” he added, grinning.

UPDATE – 4/27, 3:34 p.m. EST: CNN is reporting that Cruz will announce Fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate at an Indiana campaign rally this afternoon.

 

A former aide to Carly Fiorina has said that Fiorina is being considered for the Vice President spot on Ted Cruz’s ticket.

On Monday, a Cruz spokesman said that the Texas Senator is considering a shortlist of possibilities for the Vice President spot on his ticket and that the former Hewlett Packard CEO has made the cut so far.

“He is vetting a number of solid candidates, and certainly Ms. Fiorina is absolutely one of them,” Chad Sweet, Cruz’s campaign chairperson, told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “She’s one of the most talented business leaders of modern times.”

Cruz himself acknowledged on Monday that his campaign was looking at Vice Presidential candidates, but would not go so far as to say who or if he had a preference.

“We have acknowledged some time ago that we have begun a vice presidential search process,” Cruz said. “Any responsible candidate just a couple of months out from the convention would begin that process. We’ve begun examining both a long list and now a shorter list. And that naturally includes a vetting process. At this point, no decisions have been made in terms of who a nominee would be, or what the timing would be of the announcement.”

Fiorina endorsed Ted Cruz after ending her own campaign for the Republican nomination.

On Tuesday, CNN reported that Carly Fiorina was one of a number of potential Vice Presidential candidates submitted their tax-returns to the Cruz campaign for vetting.

Another rumored possibility for Cruz’s Vice Presidential spot is fellow Republican presidential nominee Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Cruz and Kasich recently struck up an alliance in a bid to divide up the remaining primary states, but Cruz said that this was not necessarily a prelude of something more.

“I think that is very, very premature. I respect John Kasich, he is a good and capable man, but I think at this point we’ve made a decision about allocation of resources,” Cruz said to Indiana radio host Tony Katz.

 

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