Washington: Republican candidate Ted Cruz chose former technology executive Carly Fiorina as his running mate, in his last-ditch bid to block frontrunner Donald Trump from being the party's final presidential nominee.
"After a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that ... I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina," Cruz told a rally in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Cruz praised Fiorina, the former presidential candidate and Hewlett-Packard chief executive, as "superbly skilled, superbly gifted at helping unite this party."
Fiorina, 61, dropped her White House bid in February. She endorsed Cruz a month later, Xinhua news agency reported.
"Ted could not be more right in what he said: There is a lot at stake, and in fact, this is a fight," Fiorina said, adding she had
tough fights all her life.
But Cruz's future does not look promising after being mathematically eliminated from achieving the delegates needed to win the GOP presidential nomination outright.
Analysts said Cruz was simply trying to regain momentum by announcing his pick for a vice president so early in the race, especially after Trump triumphed on Tuesday with a sweep of five East Coast states.
Trump responded to Fiorina's selection by tweeting a video clipin which Fiorina criticised Cruz in a CNN interview earlier this year.
"Ted Cruz is just like any other politician: he says whatever he needs to say to get elected," Fiorina said.
"Agreed!" Trump noted under the clip.