Trump At­tacks Cruz & Ka­sich on Pri­mary Eve

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

West Ch­ester, Penn­syl­va­nia: Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, on the eve of pri­mary elec­tions in five states that he is ex­pected to sweep, launched blis­ter­ing at­tacks on Mon­day on ri­vals Ted Cruz and JohnKa­sich­fortheir11th-hour­joint ef­fort aimed at deny­ing him the party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

The Cruz-Ka­sich agree­ment, which some stop-Trump Repub­li­can strate­gists say should have been un­der­taken weeks ago, was forged to try and keep Trump from se­cur­ing the 1,237 del­e­gates he needs to win the nom­i­na­tion out­right and force Repub­li­cans to con­sider the two ri­vals at the party’s na­tional con­ven­tion in Cleve­land in July.

Ka­sich, the Ohio gov­er­nor, and Cruz, a US senator from Texas, agreed not to com­pete against each other in three up­com­ing nom­i­nat­ing con­tests that could prove to be piv­otal: In­di­ana, Ore­gon and New Mex­ico. Trump, speak­ing at Penn­syl­va­nia’s West Ch­ester Univer­sity, near Philadel­phia, dis­missed the deal as a sign of des­per­a­tion and pre­dicted he still would win the nom­i­na­tion on the con­ven­tion’s first bal­lot.

With dra­matic f lair, he com­pared his plight to a cham­pion boxer whom Trump said he once warned not to go into un­friendly ter­ri­tory be­cause the judges could rule against him. The boxer, Trump said, replied: “If I knock him out there’s not a damn thing the judges can do.” The Ka­sich-Cruz deal al­ready showed sig ns of bend­ing on Mon­day,with­Ka­sichtellingvot­ers in Philadel­phia that peo­ple who want to vote for him in In­di­ana should still do so. “I’ve never told them not to vote for me, they ought to vote for me. But I’m not over there cam­paign­ing and spend­ing re­sources,” he said.

Cruz took steps to main­tain he is a se­ri­ous con­tender for the nom­i­na­tion with his cam­paign team an­nounc­ing he has de­vel­oped a short­list of vice pres­i­den­tial run­ning mates. One per­son be­ing vet­ted for the No 2 po­si­tion is for­mer Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Carly Fio­r­ina, an aide to Fio­r­ina said.

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