A host of liberal organizations ripped the potential Ted Cruz-Carly Fiorina on ticket, even before the Texas senator made his announcement official on Wednesday.
The Democratic National Committee pounced on the “desperate move” from Cruz’s “dying campaign” to name Fiorina as his vice-presidential pick in a sharp rebuke of the potential ticket. Cruz, who finished third in every state except Pennsylvania on Tuesday, has no mathematical path to securing the Republican presidential nomination outright.
“This is a desperate move from a desperate and dying campaign,” DNC CEO Amy Dacey said in a statement ahead of Cruz’s announcement. “And it’s fitting that a man best known for shutting down the U.S. government would select a woman best known for almost shutting down a great U.S. company.”
Dacey said Hewlett-Packard’s stock lost more than half of its value under Fiorina’s leadership, earning her place as one of the worst American CEOs ever.
“She laid off 30,000 workers but still received a $40 million golden parachute upon being fired,” Dacey said. “In a dangerous and complex world, the only foreign policy experience Carly Fiorina can speak of is outsourcing American jobs to other countries and selling computer equipment to Iran in violation of international sanctions.”
Hours before the Texas senator was due to make the announcement, Planned Parenthood slammed the duo as a ticket that should scare women.
“A Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina ticket should give women in this country nightmares,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement. “Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina both want to criminalize abortion, and would rather shut down the government than allow low-income women to access birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood.”
“Their agenda is so unpopular that both Cruz and Fiorina resort to blatant, inflammatory lies to legitimize their extreme beliefs,” she added. “These lies truly threaten women’s access to health care in this country.”
Cruz named Fiorina, who endorsed Cruz’s campaign last month after suspending her own in February, as his potential running mate at a rally in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
“After a great deal of time and thought, 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 told supporters.
Emily’s List, an organization that helps elect female Democratic candidates, argued that Cruz-Fiorina wouldn’t be a positive ticket for women.
“Ted Cruz thinks women are going to forget that he wants to defund Planned Parenthood, make abortion illegal, and continue gender discrimination in pay – because he’s selected a running mate seen from the Republican field so far,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement. “Carly Fiorina left the race in a disgrace being caught completely inventing a horrific story to smear Planned Parenthood – and she still hasn’t apologized or retracted it.”
American Bridge 21st Century, a progressive opposition research organization, predicted Fiorina would bring the fate of her own campaign to Cruz’s, insisting the former HP executive will cost more jobs.
“.@CarlyFiorina in true job killing form, she wasn’t content with wrecking her own campaign, she’s back to take @tedcruz’s campaign down too,” the group tweeted.
“One of the ‘worst American CEOs of all time’ and the ‘most hated man in Congress,’ the group added. “Peas and carrots!”
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