Breaking: Cruz’s 4 pm Announcement

Ted Cruz is making a “major announcement” at 4 pm eastern time today in Indiana, and speculation is turning to whether he may name a running mate—perhaps Carly Fiorina. Possible, but more likely he’s finally borrowed a page from Trump’s playbook, and looking to shake things up after last night’s terrible showing the way Trump has made news the day after his middling showings (which haven’t happened for a while) with a major endorsement. I expect, as does Allahpundit, that Cruz will be endorsed in Indiana by Governor Mike Pence, and, perhaps, former Governor Mitch Daniels, too. (Late word, though, is that Pence won’t be attending the rally where Cruz will make his announcement.)

I like Fiorina, and can see her making a great running mate for any Republican nominee, but naming her as a prospective running mate now strikes me as a too-soon desperation measure. On the other hand, I thought it was interesting last night that Trump made a point of saying the Democratic Party has treated Bernie Sanders “terribly,” and that Bernie should run as an independent. Here’s a scenario: what if Trump somehow loses or is forced out of the GOP nomination in Cleveland. Maybe he and Sanders could run on a fusion ticket? They’re close enough on major issues: trade, isolationist foreign policy, taxing the rich, single-payer health care, even immigration, which Sanders has previously and bizarrely called a “Koch brothers” plot to increase the supply of cheap labor.

Stranger things have happened lately. Trump should be pressed to name prospective running mates soon.

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