Carly Fiorina comes out of the gate swinging at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

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Will Carly Fiorina Boost Ted Cruz?



Clinton-Trump 2016? Might as well be, if you ask Carly Fiorina.

Freshly minted Republican vice presidential candidate Fiorina came roaring off the blocks Thursday with a twofer slam at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

"I put them in the same category, because they are in the same category. They agree on many things," Fiorina said a day after she officially teamed up with presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

Read more: "Humbled and Honored" Carly Fiorina Accepts Ted Cruz's Vice Presidential Offer

"They are two sides of the same coin: Hillary Clinton has made her millions selling access and influence, and Donald Trump has made his billions buying people like Hillary Clinton off," the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said on Fox News' Fox & Friends.

"So, if you want to have a nominee who's actually a conservative and who will fight the system, now you have a real clear choice."

Cruz held a joint rally with Fiorina on Wednesday, just ahead of the mission-critical Indiana primary and a day after Trump cleaned his clock in five Northeast Republican state contests.

The calculation: Choosing Fiorina ostensibly serves a few purposes for Cruz in his uphill battle to wrest the GOP nomination from frontrunner Trump and get to the big November dance with Clinton.

See photos of Fiorina and Cruz from Wednesday's announcement:

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Carly Fiorina comes out of the gate swinging at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz stands with Carly Fiorina after he announced Fiorina as his running mate at a campaign rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hugs former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina during a rally in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, where he announced he has tapped Fiorina as his running mate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
A supporter of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz holds up a new campaign sign reflecting Cruz's choice of Carly Fiorina as his running mate at a campaign rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz is joined by former Republican presidential candidate and recently announced supporter Carly Fiorina at a Cruz town hall event at the Faith Assembly of God in Orlando, Florida U.S. March 11, 2016. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is expected to announce former business executive Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate if he wins the party's nomination, ABC News affiliate WMUR reported, citing unnamed sources. REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A supporter of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz holds up a new campaign sign reflecting his choice of Carly Fiorina as his running mate at a campaign rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to the crowd during a Ted Cruz campaign rally at American Legion Post 22 in Towson, Maryland, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, with his daughter Catherine (2nd L), wife Heidi (C), daughter Caroline (2nd R) and supporter and former rival Carly Fiorina (R) at his side, reacts to the primary election results in Florida, Ohio and Illinois during a campaign rally in Houston, Texas March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Trish Badger EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO ARCHIVES. NO RESALES.
Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina watches as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks with the media ahead of a campaign rally in Rothschild, Wisconsin, U.S. March 28, 2016. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is expected to announce former business executive Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate if he wins the party's nomination, ABC News affiliate WMUR reported, citing unnamed sources. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich/File Photo
Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a campaign rally in support of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in Rothschild, Wisconsin, U.S. March 28, 2016. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is expected to announce former business executive Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate if he wins the party's nomination, ABC News affiliate WMUR reported, citing unnamed sources. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich/File Photo
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R) speaks with the media as former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stands by his side ahead of a campaign rally in Rothschild, Wisconsin March 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz is joined by former Republican presidential candidate and recently announced supporter Carly Fiorina at a press conference after a Cruz town hall event at the Faith Assembly of God in Orlando, Florida March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz and former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina pose for photos after she endorsed Cruz at a campaign rally in Miami, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 15: Carly Fiorina speaks at a watch party for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on March 15, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Cruz is in a tight race with Donald Trump in the Missouri GOP primary, while Trump took Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. Gov. John Kasich won his home state of Ohio. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz and former candidate presidential Carly Fiorina respond to TV host Sean Hannity at the Faith Assembly of God church on March 11, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is joined by former candidate Carly Fiorina during a campaign rally at Miami-Dade College's Wolfson Campus in Miami on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (Roberto Koltun/El Nuevo Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
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She's got a track record of standing up to Trump, she's a political outsider (not for lack of trying, though) and as a woman, she can both attempt to appeal to other women and take on Clinton directly, insulating Cruz from accusations of "mansplaining" the election.

At the same time, Fiorina was never a GOP primary A-lister in her own right, raising questions about how much firepower she brings to the Cruz Crew.

Fiorina endorsed Cruz in February after ending her own failed bid for the presidency — and on Thursday, she tried to spin away some of the rhetorical grenades she previously launched at her new running mate.

"In the heat of a political campaign, sometimes you say things that turn out not to be true," the former tech boss said.

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