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Ted Cruz picking Carly Fiorina as his running mate? It's a gambit bound to fail

Ted Cruz picking Carly Fiorina as his running mate? It's a gambit bound to fail

Pardon me, but this has been tried before: desperately naming a running mate prior to a national convention. It’s a losing gambit.

OK, maybe the third time will be the charm.

Ronald Reagan failed miserably in 1976 when he chose liberal Republican Sen. Richard B. Schweiker of Pennsylvania as his running mate nearly two months before the convention. Schweiker became a burden. Delegates nominated President Ford.

Jerry Brown looked even more lame in 1992 when he tapped the Rev. Jesse Jackson to be his vice president prior to the New York primary. Brown lost the primary he could have won to Bill Clinton. Then he tumbled downhill quickly.

It’s always possible...

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