Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has been vetted as a possible vice president choice by the campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Jeff Roe, Cruz’s campaign manager, tweeted on Monday that the campaign short listed the names of possible vice presidents. “We have narrowed our VP candidates to a short list and are going thru the normal processes associated with picking a running mate,” the tweet says.
Speaking with CNN, Cruz’s campaign chairperson Chad Sweet said, “[Cruz] is vetting a number of solid candidates, and certainly Ms. Fiorina is absolutely one of them. She’s one of the most talented business leaders of modern times.” Fiorina’s selection as a possible vice president by Cruz’s campaign was also confirmed by her aide, Sarah Isgur Flores, CNN reports.
While Cruz said that his campaign has begun shortlisting the possible candidates for the post of vice president, he did not confirm whether Fiorina was included in the selection, as reported by ABC News.
“We have acknowledged some time ago that we have begun a vice presidential search process. Any responsible candidate just a couple of months out from the convention would begin that process,” he said.
“We’ve begun examining both a long list and now a shorter list that has been called. And that naturally includes a vetting process. At this point, no decisions have been made in terms of who a nominee would be. Or what the timing would be of the announcement.”
Fiorina had bowed out of the presidential race in February. She has endorsed Cruz. The Texas senator will be partnering with Ohio Governor John Kasich to block Republican front runner and business mogul Donald Trump from clinching a nomination.
A CBS News’ count reveals that Trump is leading the Republican race with 844 delegates, while Cruz and Kasich are following behind with 555 and 147 delegates, respectively.
A report by the Bipartisan Policy Center said that candidates should begin the vetting process as early as eight weeks prior to the convention. This year, the convention will be held in July instead of August; and so the candidates have a shorter window to make their pick.