Fiorina Was Briefest VP Candidate in Modern History

She didn't even last as long as the guy receiving electroshock therapy
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2016 2:44 PM CDT
Fiorina Was Briefest VP Candidate in Modern History
Ted Cruz hugs his father as Carly Fiorina watches on Tuesday, the day Cruz dropped out of the 2016 presidential race.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

After Tuesday's Indiana primary, Carly Fiorina may not ever be vice president. But she does get to hold a slightly more ignominious title: briefest vice presidential candidate in modern US history. Fiorina was named Ted Cruz's pick for VP last Wednesday. On Tuesday, Cruz dropped out of the race. Vox reports her seven-day stint as a vice presidential candidate is the shortest since Thomas Eagleton, who spent 18 days as George McGovern's VP choice in 1972. He was removed from the ticket after it was discovered he had been hospitalized for depression multiple times and received electroshock therapy.

Vox says naming Fiorina as his running mate was "mostly a PR move" for Cruz, and calls her a "less serious" choice than even poor Eagleton. Regardless, Jezebel has a bit of sympathy for Fiorina, who "dragged her ass out of bed to return to the campaign trail" at Cruz's request. That her effort was rewarded with a string of minor humiliations makes it all the more tragic. Jezebel's full timeline of Fiorina's brief moment as a vice presidential candidate includes, among other things, the former CEO singing while accepting the position, falling off a stage, and struggling to hold Cruz's hand. (More Carly Fiorina stories.)

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