After his crushing loss to Donald Trump in the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz decided to suspend his campaign for president. It seemed odd that he would drop out now, but a recent article explains the possible reason why.
Here’s the report from Current Affairs:
“To many, Ted Cruz’s recent announcement of Carly Fiorina as his running mate seemed puzzling in the extreme. Why would someone select a Vice Presidential nominee when they haven’t yet won the nomination… when, according to all the numbers, they’re about to lose that nomination badly? What could be the purpose of such an act?
“Certainly, there were explanations for why Cruz would select Fiorina in particular as a running mate. Cruz would like to capitalize on Donald Trump’s unpopularity with women, and blunt the significance of Hillary Clinton’s gender in the general election. Right-leaning women could vote for Cruz over Clinton, confident that voting for a conservative did not entail having to hurt the national advancement of female politicians.
“But while there are plausible political reasons for having Fiorina as a Vice Presidential nominee, these explanations fail to answer the fundamental question, which is what a campaign that has just lost the Republican nomination is doing taking a step that is only relevant for general election candidates.
“… we may be wishfully overlooking a far more sensible explanation for the act: Cruz has simply announced his intention to run in the general election, Republican nomination or not.”
If Cruz decides to press on to the general election as a 3rd-party candidate, it seems like it would be suicide for his future political career. Why would Texas Republicans re-elect him to the US Senate after he ran against the party nominee for president? And how would he garner enough support for another presidential run in 2020 or beyond?
Cruz ran as an evangelical Christian and didn’t have much support from other than social conservatives. How would (or could) he re-brand his campaign in less than six months to have a wider appeal to Americans in the general election?
He’s only 45 years old and has at least another 15-20 years left in his political career – plenty of time to regroup for another run at the White House.
What do you think the chances of success of a Cruz/Fiorina 3rd-party candidacy would be?
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