Ted Cruz

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s naming of Carly Fiorina as a vice presidential running mate is being viewed by many as a last ditch effort to gain momentum before Donald Trump steamrolls his way to the GOP nomination.

Southern Methodist University Political Science Professor Cal Jillson, a presidential scholar, notes that Ronald Reagan also chose a vice presidential candidate prematurely in 1976 when he was losing the GOP race to Gerald Ford.  The strategy didn’t work for Reagan, and Jillson said it won’t work for Cruz.

Ted Cruz announced Wednesday he is picking former rival Carly Fiorina as his running mate in a last-ditch move designed to shake up the GOP primary race in which he badly trails Donald Trump.

Calling his decision "one of the most solemn choices you make" as a candidate, at a rally in Indianapolis, Ind., Cruz praised Fiorina's business experience, character and past ability to stand up to the Republican front-runner.

"She doesn't get overly excited," Cruz said. "She doesn't get rattled over what is being thrown at her."

Cruz Braces For Defeats in the Northeast

Apr 26, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz almost certainly is headed for defeat in five northeastern primaries Tuesday, a round of nominating contests from which the Texas senator has already moved on.

Cruz is scheduled to spend election night hundreds of miles away from the region, rallying supporters in Indiana. He has not visited any of the five states since Saturday morning, when he dropped in on Pennsylvania.

Why Is Ted Cruz Gaining On Trump?

Apr 7, 2016
Patrick Svitek / Texas Tribune

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has called this week’s primary victory in Wisconsin “a turning point” in his battle to take the Republican presidential nomination away from Donald Trump.  Patrick Svitek with the Texas Tribune was in Wisconsin and has been covering Cruz’s campaign since Iowa.  Svitek talked with Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler about how Cruz’s organized campaign and outside-the-Beltway message is making him more competitive.

After the deadly attacks in Brussels this week, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said in a statement that police should patrol Muslim neighborhoods to prevent radicalization:

“We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration. And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS.”