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April 28, 2016

Cruz picks a running mate, Trump accuses Clinton of playing ‘woman card’

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Essential question

Does a presidential candidate’s running mate affect a voter’s decision? Why or why not?


Fresh off primary wins in five states on Tuesday, Donald Trump made a speech on foreign policy Wednesday and also accused Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton of playing the “woman’s card.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz attempted to make his own headlines by announcing his choice of Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate. Fiorina dropped out of the Republican race in February after an unsuccessful showing in early primaries.

Cruz’s announcement came less than a week before the Indiana primary. With Trump now in possession of three-quarters of the delegates needed to win the nomination, Cruz is counting on a win in that state to draw much-needed support to his campaign.

Confident about winning the Republican nomination following his success, Trump took aim at his likely Democratic opponent.

“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote,” Trump said.

The former secretary of state, who won 4 of Tuesday’s 5 primaries, chose to respond by embracing the accusation.

“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!” she said.


Key terms

front-runner —a leading contestant in a race and establishes the pace for the field

running mate —the person who runs with someone in an election and who is given the less important position (such as vice president) if they are elected

worldview — the way someone thinks about and interprets the world

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. Who did Sen. Ted Cruz just name as his running mate?
  2. Which Republican candidate now has three-fourths of the delegates he needs to clinch the nomination? Who has 90 percent of what she needs on the Democratic side?
  3. Why does Bernie Sanders plan to lay off hundreds of campaign staffers?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. Do you think Cruz chose Carly Fiorina as his running mate based on her gender? Explain.
  2. Why do you think Trump gave a speech on Wednesday dedicated solely to foreign affairs?
  3. What do you think is the worldview of the United States? Does it match your worldview? Explain.
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