INDIANAPOLIS -- Minutes after publicly accepting the pick as Ted Cruz's running mate, Carly Fiorina told CBS4 Hoosiers have an opportunity to have a major influence on whether Donald Trump will be denied the GOP nomination.
"The majority of Republicans don't want Donald Trump as their nominee," she said. "I think the Hoosier state has an opportunity to stand up and say we're going to vote for a ticket that can restore jobs and our security."
Speculation had been building that Cruz would announce his vice presidential pick ahead of Indiana's May 3 primary, in an attempt to win what's become a critical primary, after Cruz and John Kasich teamed up to force a contested convention.
The move itself is unusual in its timing, which Cruz admitted during Fiorina's introduction in downtown Indianapolis.
"Well you know whoever the nominee is - whether they get it on the first ballot or the second ballot or the third ballot - they gotta get to 1237 delegates," Fiorina told CBS4. "If you can't make the basket before the buzzer sounds, the game's over. So Donald Trump whining about 'I'm close I ought to win' isn't the way it works. So Indiana is really important because there are a number of delegates at stake here and the people of Indiana I think understand what's at stake."
Cruz has campaigned heavily in Indiana the past week. And Wednesday's announcement underscores the importance of Indiana's May 3 primary.
"Well people have said all kinds of things about the campaign," Fiorina said. "What they mostly have said is oh it's over, it's over, Donald Trump's it. Well guess what? It ain't over until the voters of this nation, and in particular the voters of this state, say it's over."