At a rally for Ted Cruz in South Florida Wednesday morning, Carly Fiorina — you remember, the former HP exec who wanted to be president — announced that she's backing the hard-right Texas Senator for in his bid for the GOP nomination.
It was a bit of a surprise move, and it comes in the wake of Cruz's victory in Idaho and a few second-place finishes in Hawaii, Michigan and Mississippi Tuesday night. The rally also happened to take place in the backyards of his two biggest rivals, frontrunner Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio. What a coincidence!
Fiorina, who dropped out last month after poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, told the crowd she voted for Cruz in the primary of her home state, Virginia.
Her tone was somehow both anti-establishment and a call for the rest of the Republican party to line up behind Cruz in order to beat Trump, of whom mainstream Republicans are terrified. Cruz is an almost-close second to Trump right now in terms of delegates, but the fear is that with two other Republicans still in the race, a lack of consolidated support will hand Trump the nomination.
“We know Ted Cruz is a Constitutional conservative because he has fought for our liberties over and over again,” Fiorina said. "Ted Cruz has stood up and fought for our right to bear arms. He has fought four our religious beliefs. He has fought for our sovereignty. And he has won over and over and over. He has won.”
She took shots at Trump as well as Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin," Fiorina said. "They aren't going to reform the system. They are the system.”
Cruz said he was "humbled" and "privileged" to receive the endorsement.
"We just heard a bunch of Democratic activists say 'holy cow, what was that?'" he said.
He said his campaign can bring Republicans and "Reagan Democrats" together in an effort to best both Trump and Clinton.
"We know our country's off track, but we also understand the principles and the values to get back to to bring our country back."
He said the election will come down to "jobs, freedom and security," but that immigration is the issue that best "captures the fight between Washington and the working people."
That, of course, was his window for slamming both Rubio and Trump on immigration (a key wedge issue and source of fear for many Republicans).
Rubio was one of the "Gang of Eight" Senators that in 2013 fought for comprehensive immigration reform, though he's since changed his tune.
Trump, meanwhile, has been hammered by his opposition for having hired undocumented workers to work at his hotels. This, despite Trump's adamance that he'll build a giant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and make Mexico pay for it in order to keep undocumented people out.
"You don't get to spend 40 years funding open-border immigrants and then suddenly wake up one day and decide you're for securing the border," he said. "You don't get to spend years exploiting our immigration laws to take advantage of American workers and then stand up one day as a candidate and claim to be a champion for American workers."
He ended his speech by promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, pass a flat tax, abolish the IRS and "pull back" the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory bodies.
It's unclear whether having Fiorina behind him will be much of a boost heading into Florida's March 15 primaries.
Fiorina, after all, dropped out in February after voters showed a clear lack of enthusiasm about her.
She saw an early surge last summer after a strong debate performance (and for standing up to Trump's nasty comments about her appearance) but soon tanked. Some believe she sank because of her careless use of untruths during debates.