Cruz chooses Carly ... what's next?

Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Ted Cruz and Carly FiorinaThe guy in second place announces his running mate before securing the nomination – and the polls say the guy in third place might possibly be a stronger candidate in the general election than the guy in first place. It's par for the course in the wild and wooly GOP presidential contest.

On Wednesday, Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina as his running mate in the race for the White House. The Texas senator formally unveiled his pick in Indianapolis – the capital of Indiana, which holds its primary next week. The Hoosier State is crucial to Cruz, who is trying to derail the Donald Trump nomination express which picked up a lot of steam with Tuesday night's five-state sweep.

There's a difference of opinion among conservatives as to whether Cruz's decision to name Fiorina as his running mate will help his chances to secure the GOP nomination. Dr. Charles W. Dunn is emeritus professor of government at Clemson University.

Dunn, Charles (Regent Univ.)"Fiorina has a pretty strong following in certain circles of the Republican Party and conservatives – and she is female and therefore should appeal to female delegates," Dunn offers. "The Republican Party has a weakness in appealing to females."

Tom Pauken, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, says he understands what Cruz is trying to do.

Pauken, Tom"He's trying to pick a woman – and that hopefully will help in his general election campaign against Hillary Clinton. But I'm not sure she adds that much to the ticket," says Pauken. "And I don't think it necessarily helps him either win the nomination or helps him if he's the nominee."

Trump's reaction? "I think it's really a waste of time, honestly," he said Wednesday night during a Fox News town hall meeting in Indianapolis. "It [the race] should be over."

Trump currently has 987 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination. Cruz has 562, and Ohio Governor John Kasich 153.

Advice to RNC: Parachuting prohibited

The Republican National Committee has been advised in a letter not to thwart the will of 22-million Republicans who have voted in the primaries this year.

The letter from more than 30 conservative leaders – labeled: "Open Letter to the Republican National Committee: No Rigged Convention, No 'Parachute' Nominee" - went to RNC chair Reince Priebus. It warned Priebus about the potential consequences if the will of the Republican voters is ignored during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

Sandy Rios is director of governmental affairs for the American Family Association and one of the signatories.

Sandy Rios"I believe it's absolutely true that leaders of the Republican establishment have been ruthless and unscrupulous," she states. "They've promised and not delivered – and the American people don't want a candidate who's part of the Republican establishment. They have totally lost trust."

So Rios, who supports Ted Cruz, says those signing the letter simply want everyone to play by the rules.

"Don't you dare cheat – and that's basically what this letter is saying. Do not mess with this process. If you mess with this process, you're going to lose votes, you're likely going to lose the election.

"We warned them that if they try to parachute someone in that they're choosing, there will not be the organization, they won't have the grassroots support – just all kinds of reasons why this is a bad idea."

Rios says while the letter was just a warning, she thinks it has been very effective.

Third is best?

During a town hall meeting broadcast on the Fox News Channel prior to the Pennsylvania GOP primary, Kasich once again touted his poll numbers against Hillary Clinton. Indeed, in an average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics, Kasich beats Clinton by an average of eight points. In contrast, Trump continues to lose to Clinton by an average of 8.5 points; Cruz fares a little better, losing to the presumptive Democratic candidate by an average of three points.

Bauer, Gary (American Values)Gary Bauer, president of American Values and a Ted Cruz supporter, doesn't take any stock in those poll numbers showing Kasich is the only GOP candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup this fall.

"I have absolutely no doubt that if [John Kasich] was the frontrunner and was being attacked every day the way both Trump and Cruz are, that [his] rankings would fall and he would not look like a strong candidate," he tells OneNewsNow.

And Bauer says the same applies with Democrat Bernie Sanders, who in head-to-head polls beats Trump and Cruz by double digits and Kasich by almost a five-point average.

"I think a significant part of his popularity is due to the fact that he's running against Hillary Clinton," Bauer explains. "And [I think] if he was actually the frontrunner and everybody was exposing his views – which essentially boil down to I will give you everything you want for free – that his rankings would also drop down."


Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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