Ted Cruz must wake up wondering what Donald Trump is going to think about him each day.
Will it be the Trump who thinks Cruz is a “great guy,” or the one whose branded him “Lyin’ Ted”? The one who says he’d consider Cruz for vice president, or the one who accuses him of stealing elections?
He’s been roasting Cruz for the past few months, and shouldn’t expect any help when he has an eventual change of heart.
A Donald Trump-Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) unity ticket seems less likely now that Cruz told the Good Morning America audience on Monday that he has “zero interest, whatsoever” in being Trump’s pick for vice-president.
Bonnie Pointer, who was described as an undecided voter from Vacaville, California, asked Cruz via video, “Would you accept being Donald Trump’s Vice President?”
Cruz thanked Bonnie for her question saying, “Let me just answer very simply, I have zero interest, whatsoever, in doing it.”
He went to explain his reasoning:
And there are a lot of reasons, but perhaps the simplest is, if Donald is the nominee, Hillary wins, Hillary wins by double digits and I don’t think there’s anything we can do to change that. And the stakes are too high. That’s why nationwide 65 to 70 percent of Republicans recognize Donald Trump loses to Hillary. It’s why we’re seeing Republicans uniting behind our campaign. It’s why out of the 17 Republican candidates who started this race, five of them are supporting our campaign.
We’ve been supported now by [former Texas Gov.] Rick Perry, by [Sen.] Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), by [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush, by [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker, by Carly Fiorina. Now all of us started out as opponents, we’ve come together and united because we’ve gotta win, and if Donald’s the nominee he loses. If I’m the nominee I beat Hillary Clinton. We’re beating her in key swing states, we’re beating her with independents, we’re beating her with young people and we’ve got to win. We can’t do with another four or eight more years on the road we’re on right now.
Cruz went on to point out that Trump may fall short of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the RNC, stating that “Donald’s calculator is missing a few keys.” If he comes out on top resulting from a contested convention, it’s obvious who he won’t be selecting as his VP.
But that’s today…
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]