INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ted Cruz’s decision to name Carly Fiorina his vice presidential pick Wednesday certainly raised a few eyebrows.
Cruz introduced Fiorina during a rally Wednesday afternoon, saying she would be his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination. Cruz called her a woman of great intelligence who’s shattered glass ceilings.
Fiorina sat down for a one-on-one interview Thursday on FOX59 Morning News to discuss the presidential race and her hopes for the campaign. She said jobs are the number one concern among Hoosiers she’s talked to.
“So we need to make this country and this state the best place to create a job. I know your governor, Mike Pence, is working hard on that, but when we have the highest tax rate in the world, when the regulatory burden is so unbelievable heavy right now, this isn’t the best place to put a job anymore,” she said.
“We need to fix that and we can fix that, but we’re not if we keep electing people who put more power in Washington D.C., more money in New York and that’s what’s going on,” Fiorina said. “And both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are going to put more money and more power in D.C. and New York City instead of releasing power and money to communities and states like Indiana.”
When asked if her selection as a vice presidential candidate so early in the running was a “Hail Mary,” Fiorina said there has been nothing normal about the 2016 campaign.
“First of all everything about this election has been unprecedented, don’t you think? I mean no one would’ve predicted the way this election has gone,” she said. “I think what I would say to people is, look they’re really important issues, a lot is at stake. I think the soul of our party is at stake, I think the future of our nation is at stake, and so what Ted Cruz has done is said I want you people of Indiana to understand the choice in front of you.
“So on one hand you have Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina–two proven conservatives who are going to fight for you—and on the other hand you have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, two sides of the same coin. They are the system.”
Fiorina wasn’t finished talking about GOP front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
“I have friends who voted for Donald Trump,” she said. “They imagine he’s going to fight the system that only works now for the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. The thing is, he is that system and he’s used that system to enrich himself just like Hillary Clinton has.”
Fiorina and Cruz have three Indiana events scheduled for Thursday, including a rally in Fort Wayne at 11 a.m., a retail stop in Elkhart at 2:30 p.m. and a rally in South Bend at 4:30 p.m.
Donald Trump has one Indiana event set for Thursday. He’ll hold a rally in Evansville at 1 p.m. before leaving for California.